- The South African Police Service (SAPS) have arrested a 57-year-old man for carrying undeclared cash
- The man was reportedly in South Africa illegally and had a cooler bag containing over R165k in cash
- The arrest was made on the N1 North road between the Beitbridge border post and Musina.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) reported that a man was arrested in Musina for contravention of the Customs and Exercise Act. The 57-year-old suspect was arrested for allegedly being found with R165 060.00 in undeclared cash.
The SAPS stated that the arrest emanated after police spotted the suspect with a blue cooler bag while doing routine patrols along the N1 North road between the Beitbridge border post and Musina.
The police carried out a search of the cooler bag containing the cash and arrested the suspect after he failed to explain the origin of the money.
According to the SAPS, investigations revealed that the suspect was in SA illegally. While a report by SowetanLive stated that the suspect is expected to appear in the Musina Magistrate's Court today, 7 January.
Beitbridge has been making headlines recently as South Africans want the border to be closed. Briefly.co.za recently reported on the viral Twitter posts where SAns demanded that Zimbabweans be sent back home.
South Africans have responded to clips of scores of Zimbabwean nationals entering the country via the Beitbridge border. In the clips, the Zimbabweans can be seen entering the border that crosses into Limpopo in large numbers.
Many locals have expressed disdain at the foreigners who are attempting to make their way into the country. The hashtag, #CloseBeitridgeBorder has been trending as South Africans demand the border be closed.
Many locals have also blamed governmental officials who have allowed the Zimbabwean nationals into the country also citing that there are not enough jobs for South Africans let alone desperate foreigners. Take a look at some of the tweets below:
"#CloseBeitbridgeBorder why must we suffer the consequences of Zimbabwean leadership."
"I'm not being xenophobic, I'm being realistic. It pains me to knows that all these people are working, and thina that time we are unemployed #CloseBeitbridgeBorder"
"Wa bona if we don't occupy the Union buildings and parliament, burn down Luthuli House this year ..we would have dismally failed as a nation #CloseBeitbridgeBorder"
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