- South Africans are well aware that foreign nationals illegally make their way into the country on a regular basis
- Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that over 500 undocumented Zimbabweans are arrested on a daily basis
- This comes as the SANDF deploys helicopters to patrol the border in a bid to clamp down
South Africans are well aware that the nation's borders do little to deter undocumented foreigners who want to enter the country.
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has revealed that hundreds of arrests take place every day:
"The army arrests more than 500 every day. They arrest them right at the border and send them back. The SAPS boat is also working there, chasing them away."
Motsoaledi confirmed that over 500 Zimbabweans are arrested daily attempting to enter SA.
The Defence Force is preparing to deploy helicopters to patrol the Limpopo River, with the South African Police Service set to patrol in boats along the water.
This forms part of an intense operation seeking to stop immigrants from entering the country.
The Minister promised that more arrests can be expected with the Zimbabwean lockdown seeing only cargo being allowed to pass through the border.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Zimbabwean citizens are facing a strict lockdown after the nation recorded a spike in Covid-19 infections.
For the next 30 days, only essential services like hospitals, pharmacies and supermarkets will be permitted to operate.
Gatherings have been limited to a maximum of 30 people and a curfew is in effect, barring citizens from leaving their homes between 6 pm and 6 am.
The government noted that the number of cases that have been recorded over the past weeks saw the total infections almost doubling what was recorded during the rest of the year.
A total of 370 Zimbabwean citizens have passed away due to the virus according to the latest statistics.
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