Police and troopers have arrested 60 undocumented international nationals throughout an Easter vacation security marketing campaign on the Limpopo Beitbridge border close to Musina on Thursday.
The nation’s busiest roads such because the N1 north to Limpopo and the N3 from Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal, amongst others, are anticipated to expertise peak visitors because the Easter exodus begins.
Speaking to The Citizen from the border, the Department of Home Affairs director-general Tommy Makhode mentioned the police, members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and nationwide visitors police had been a part of the marketing campaign on the nation’s borders posts for the Easter holidays.
“There isn’t any congestion but right here on the border for the reason that morning, the operation has been easy since morning, besides for individuals who wouldn’t have documentation.
“At least 60 undocumented individuals have been arrested so far by the police and members of the SANDF. We are also here to ensure that the country’s immigration laws are respected and adhered to,” Makhode mentioned.
Beitbridge, the nation’s busiest border put up, companies travellers between South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Makhode suggested travellers to make sure that they’ve correct documentation and carry Covid-19 certificates or detrimental PCR check outcomes once they return.
The Beitbridge operation will run for 2 weeks.
Meanwhile, in Mokopane, nearly 300km away from Beitbridge, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula monitored the visitors alongside the N1 arriving from Gauteng.
The minister mentioned there was lesser visitors by lunchtime in comparison with the earlier years.
“There is usually congestion already by this time [after lunchtime] on the N1 but so far, traffic is moving nicely without any problems. There has been no major accident so far, and we it to remain that way.”
Mbalula urged motorists to not drink and drive or overload their autos. We need to see folks journey throughout the day, not at evening, the place roads might be slippery if it rains.
“However, our law enforcement is ready with speed monitoring…drunk and drivers and speedsters will have no chance. Drive at proper speed and arrive alive.”