Police blitz arrests 89k people so far

Press Statement |  7 months ago | top

AT least 89 000 people have so far been arrested in an ongoing police blitz to curb cross-border crime amid the tightening of security along the country’s borders. Code-named “No to Cross Border Crimes/ Mhosva Pamiganhu Ngadzipere; the operation was launched last year targeting those who violate the Immigration Act. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the force will continue making patrols and arresting anyone found on the wrong side of the law during this period where smuggling and border jumping cases are rife. The arrests came after police stepped up patrols and checks along roads leading to and from the country’s inland borders to fight rampant cases of smuggling. Zimbabwe and South Africa recently tightened security along the Limpopo border to thwart illegal activities, especially smuggling and the irregular movement of people between the two countries, with over 600 being arrested last Sunday alone. Among these were smugglers, illegal vendors, Covid-19 protocol violators, and irregular migrants.