Desere Davis, Briefly.co, January 3, 2020
A broken fence at Beitbridge is giving sneaky Zimbabweans an opportunity to make their way into South Africa illegally. A video showing a number of people streaming into the country has been shared on social media, causing quite an upset. In the video clip, it can be seen that parts of the international crossing are in a delipidated state and unmonitored.
The South African reported that ex-Joburg mayor, Herman Mashaba also commented on the video. It is believed that the illegal foreigners would travel to Gauteng by walking through farms and then walking to the N1. From there, they would get transport to their desired destinations.
I really wonder how the Zimbabwean government feels to see their own citizens running away from their own country, in such huge numbers? However, South Africa is not only facing illegal immigrants from Africa but from all over the world. We still need to stop this narrative about African immigrants being our only challenge.
Situation along the Beitbridge borderline. The border fence is damaged. After jumping the border fence, undocumented foreigners walk through the farms to the N1 and to Musina township to get transport to Gaute g and other parts of the country. #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/zZjM5Sgasp
— rudzani tshivhase (@RTshivhase) January 2, 2020
Briefly.co.za gathered that 16 illegal immigrants were detained on Thursday, 2 December, after they were heading to Musina. In addition, 54 undocumented people were taken into custody nearby.
Police in Limpopo intercept 16 undocumented travellers trying to cross the Beitbridge border post into Musina. Traffic spokesperson, Comet Musina, says they were intercepted at a roadblock. 54 foreign nationals without documents were arrested in Polokwane yesterday #sabcnews
— SAfm news (@SAfmnews) January 2, 2020