JUST IN: Over 45 000 arrested for border crimes
Sukulwenkosi Dube-Matutu, Online Reporter
POLICE have arrested 45 146 people across the country since January 2021 for various cross border crimes.
Police in their twitter said they arrested 140 people in August for illegal border crossing in Beitbridge, Mukumbura and Nyamapanda while two others were arrested for smuggling at Plumtree Border Post.
“On August police arrested 140 people for illegal border crossing in Beitbridge, Mukumbura and Nyamapanda. Meanwhile, two people were arrested for smuggling at the same day at Plumtree Border Post. Police recovered assorted electrical gadgets, building materials and groceries approximately valued at 24 760 pula. The Police have arrested 45 146 people across the country since January 2021 for various cross border crimes,” said the police.
Police in January launched operation “no to cross border crimes/mhosva pamiganhu ngadzipere/ amacala kawaphele emingceleni elizwe” in a bid to curb criminal activities occurring at the borders.
The country has seen an upsurge of cross border crimes during the Covid-19 period. With borders closed for the general public people have resorted to smuggling goods and border jumping.