Alleged illegal immigrants trying to get into South Africa using Botswana – Zeerust point of entry ran out of luck today. Their intended easy ride to the country was cut short by law enforcement agencies on the N4 – Swartruggens.
The MEC for the North West department of Community Safety and Transport Management, Sello Lehari has applauded law enforcement authorities for a job well done. This, after SAPS and Immigration officials apprehended twenty-one (21) undocumented Zimbabwean citizens during a joint law enforcement operation today.
Twenty males of various ages and a female used the Skilpadshek border, Zeerust to enter into South Africa from Botswana.
MEC Lehari encouraged everyone utilising South African ports of entry to possess legal traveling documents to avoid landing on the wrong side of the law.
“With the world still in the middle of a pandemic, we cannot afford to take a chance. We know that these are our brothers and sisters but the law has to take its cause,” said Lehari.
He further emphasized that law enforcement agencies to not let their guard down.
‘We have been doing operations with the aim of encouraging road users to obey the rules. These operations are very important as this is where law enforcement agencies come together to do what we call “show of force”. Anyone who is found to be on the wrong side of the law must be brought to book.” MEC Lehari added.
MEC Sello Lehari was accompanied by Kgetlengrivier Local Municipality MMC Baratang Mokone, department senior management and officials, members from SAPS, Home Affairs and Bakwena N1-N4 Toll.