Net tightens on border jumpers(01-02-07)

MAKHADO - More than 2 800 economic refugees from Zimbabwe, who on Saturday illegally crossed the Limpopo River in a spirited attempt to escape poverty and economic meltdown, were arrested at Makhado (formerly Louis Trichard) some 140 kilometres south of Musina, CAJ News witnes

According to a South African Police Services Chief Superintendent at the road block erected at Makhado, illegal immigrants would be deported this week.
The chief superintendent, who refused to be identified, told CAJ News that every bus that passed through Makhado had one or two border-jumpers while haulage trucks, private vehicles and minibuses were full of illegal immigrants flocking into South Africa.
“By close of business today (Saturday), we had arrested well over 2 800 and we believe the figure might go up as more and more people are trickling in,” said the officer.
Zimbabwean security forces, especially the Support Unit, could be seen at Beit Bridge weeding out fellow citizens without passports and current visas before sending them back home.
“We are leaving no stone unturned in our endeavours to curb illegal border jumping. These people vave kushoresa nyika (they are causing the country to be despised). The government does not tolerate a situation whereby people leave their country and develop others,” said one Zimbabwean police officer. – CAJ News

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