Sunday, 15 December 2019

179 CHILDREN INTERCEPTED AT BEITBRIDGE


Zimbabwean and South African immigration officials have intensified the fight against child smuggling along the border after eight people were arrested for trying to sneak 179 children into South Africa between December 1 and yesterday.

An additional 1 944 people were arrested for other issues mainly related to border jumping, failure to get passports stamped and using stolen documents.

Assistant Regional Immigration Officer in charge of Beitbridge, Mr Nqobile Ncube, said of the eight, Senzo Ncube (South African), Shepherd Moyo, Thandolwenkosi Mlilo, Shelton Moyo, Ndumiso Ncube and Mlungisi Tshuma were fined between $1 000 and $2 000, while Tichaenda Chinhema and James Mudingi’s cases were pending at the courts.

The Herald understands that most of the intercepted children were from Bulawayo, Harare and Chiredzi and their destination in South Africa was mainly Johannesburg and Cape Town. 

“Our enforcement team at Beitbridge Border Post has helped clamp down on illicit movement of children resulting in the interception of 179 minors whom we have sent to the Department of Social Services after being detected either being smuggled out of the country, undocumented or in the company of unauthorised persons,” said Mr Ncube. Herald

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