Border Control Management in Mpumalanga says it has intercepted 7 000 illegal immigrants trying to cross into South Africa from Mozambique since the start of the festive season.
However, the Border Control Manager at the Lebombo border post that connects South Africa and Mozambique, Obed Maditsi, says there has been a decrease in the number of travellers crossing the border between the two countries on New Year’s eve.
He says his team is ready to welcome travellers back from the first of January when many people will start returning after the festive season.
“I think we are ready as a team. We are ready because we are also utilising Kilometre 4 and all the systems are ready we just waiting for the clients to show up from the second so that we can process them easily. We managed to intercept 7000 through the borderline. Those travelling people we handed them over to our inspectorate that’s another arm of from the department of home affairs so that they can process them and deport them immediately.”