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Zim traffic cops introduce credit card machines for fine payments

Zimbabwe's traffic police are unpopular for demanding fines, even for minor offences, from cash-strapped motorists.

Picture: Supplied

HARARE - Police in Zimbabwe say they've introduced swipe machines to make it easier for people to pay traffic fines.

Zimbabwe's traffic police are unpopular for demanding fines, even for minor offences, from cash-strapped motorists.

The swipe machines are not at road blocks just yet, and can only be found at police stations.

Spokesperson Charity Charamba told state radio that the Zimbabwe republic police want to embrace plastic money and that the machines will be used on the road soon.

For now that means members of the public will have to persuade police at the checkpoints to let them go to police stations to pay up and that may not be easy.

Road blocks are a huge source of cash for the force and a report in Wednesday's NewsDay said that around R800 million a year is generated from traffic fines.

On social media, Zimbabweans are asking if the police force is now operating as a business entity.