- 700 people were arrested after being caught trying to illegally cross into the country from Zimbabwe
- Minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi visited the Beitbridge Border Post, which is between South Africa and Zimbabwe
- The recently-established Board Management Authority plans to secure the border by installing a proper fence soon
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LIMPOPO - Almost 700 illegal immigrants have been arrested during a two-day long operation at Beitbridge Border Post in Musina, Limpopo. Minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi conducted a visit to the area, where he issued a stern warning to those involved with trans-border criminal activities.
He reiterated that illegal crossings will not be tolerated. A bus was found along the South Africa-Zimbabwe borderline, transporting undocumented passengers and a driver whose passport was expired.
The driver was arrested and the bus was confiscated. Motsoaledi said the bus driver was previously found transporting illegal immigrants and that he “undermines the country”. Motsoaledi said during an interview with SABC News that in the past, undocumented nationals could do anything they wanted including smuggling people into the country, but that time is over now.
The Board Management Authority that was recently established hopes to secure the border fence soon. Motsoaledi also investigated allegations of corruption by officials at the border post, however, there was no evidence found, IOL reported.
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Minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi to hold UN meeting on SA illegal immigration challenges
Briefly News previously reported Minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi is working to address the country’s illegal immigrant challenge. He said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees wants a High-Level Tripartite meeting to be held between the government and diplomats to find solutions for undocumented foreign nationals.
Motsoaledi said during an interview that the National Intelligence Co-ordinating Committee’s intelligence estimate showed that the biggest issue is at borders because there is less focus on them.
Source: Briefly News