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35,000 arrested while sneaking into South Africa; Zimbabwe tops list

by Staff reporter
21 Sep 2023 at 08:07hrs | Views
The recently established Border Management Authority (BMA) in South Africa has reported that 35,000 individuals have been arrested while attempting to enter the country illegally since April 1, with Zimbabweans being the largest group among them.

According to BMA Commissioner Michael Masiapato, Beit Bridge Border Post, which connects South Africa and Zimbabwe, is the primary source of illegal migrants, although other ports of entry, including those into Lesotho and Mozambique, have also seen significant numbers of apprehensions.

Masiapato expressed confidence that the BMA would effectively combat illegal border crossings, particularly along the 250km boundary with Zimbabwe. He stated that the official launch of the BMA would take place at the Beit Bridge Border Post on October 5, with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa presiding over the event.

South Africa has long been a destination for migrants from Zimbabwe and other African countries seeking better economic opportunities and living conditions. However, the influx of migrants has strained public services and, at times, has led to xenophobic sentiments and violence against foreigners in South Africa.

Source - NewZimbabwe
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