Clampdown of border criminality

immigrants_zimbabweanBEITBRIDGE - The Department of Immigration Control in Beitbridge last week rounded up 129 illegal immigrants, bogus immigration officers and clearing agents.

The latest arrests bring to 643 the total number of suspects arrested since the beginning of October. The Assistant Regional Immigration Manager in-charge of Beitbridge Border

Post, Charles Gwede, said the aim of the operation was to flush out criminals at Zimbabwes busiest port of entry.

“Our officials intercepted 129 suspects mostly border jumpers, touts, bogus clearing agents, illegal vendors and those impersonating immigration officers and we handed them to the police,” said Gwede.

Some of the suspects were allegedly working in cahoots with police officers and soldiers manning the Limpopo Bridge to help undocumented travellers to illegally cross into South Africa after demanding fees ranging between R50 and R300.

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