SA cops give up on deportation (23-11-06)

MUSINA - The South African Police Service (SAPS) and Immigration Officers at Beitbridge Border Post no longer carry out deportations of Zimbabweans with vigour after realization that such operations are just a sheer waste of time and resources.
The number of deportations this year is less than 30

0,000, compared with 600,000 in 2005, reports CAJ News.
“Deportations are no longer dependant on the deportee’s legal status but solely on what is offered as a bribe to the officers manning the legal and illegal crossing points along the Limpopo River,” said a source.
In a recent survey at the border post, South African Police Service members confirmed that Zimbabweans were difficult neighbours whose determination and courage were difficult to ignore.
“As people on the ground, we realise that our efforts to curb illegal border crossing are fruitless. It’s high time our government scrapped the visa requirements in the same line with Botswana system. Zimbabweans are highly skilled people and work very hard, so why not absorb them into the economy,” said a captain in the SAPS.
A senior SA police officer in Musina said Zimbabweans were better than “drug dealers from Nigeria and more productive than Somalian refugees”. – CAJ News

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