Zimbabwe and South Africa border authorities tighten boundary security

By Innocent Nxumalo

ZIMBABWE and South Africa border authorities are scaling up efforts to secure illegal entry and exit points along the 250 km boundary from Tshikwalakwala to Shashe.

After identifying dozens of porous points along the 250 km border stretch from Tshikwalakwala to Shashe, authorities in Zimbabwe and South Africa have launched border security enhancement programmes to enforce compliance to migration and international trade policies.

Assistant Regional Immigration Officer Trustworthy Manatsire said the border enforcement committee that was set up by Zimbabwean authorities early this month has seen hundreds nabbed for various border- related crime.

 “We welcome the move by South African authorities who are emulating what we started early this month. We set up an enforcement committee led by the Immigration department to decisively deal with border related crime,” said Mr Manatsire.

Unveiling 200 cohorts of the Border Management Authority (BMA) this Thursday, South African Minister of Home Affairs Dr Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi said the move will foster adherence to laws on immigration and international trade.

 “We believe this BMA initiative will serve with integrity to bring sanity along South African border and her neighbours,” said Dr. Motsoaledi.

Apart from illegal migration challenges, stolen goods and other smuggled cargo have been distorting economic performance of the two Southern African nations.