The flow of illegal immigrants from Mozambique and Zimbabwe continues unabated


South Africa’s main sources of illegal immigrants are its eastern and northern neighbors Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

February Operation Corona statistics compiled by the Joint Operations Division and released by the Directorate of Corporate Communications (DCC) of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) show that by far the majority of illegals apprehended by soldiers came from these countries.

In total, soldiers handed over 2,997 illegal immigrants to police and Home Office (DHA) immigration officers in February. Two thousand two hundred and five of them were Zimbabweans and 759 were from Mozambique. The other 33 were from Botswana (14), Eswatini (12), Lesotho and Namibia (all three).

As has now become the norm, soldiers on border patrols (on horseback and on foot) recovered 187 head of stolen cattle worth just over R1 million on the border between Lesotho and South Africa.

In total, contraband, including narcotics, conservatively worth R5.2 million, was confiscated from Batswana, Mozambican, Namibian, Swazi and Zimbabwean smugglers.

In a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Defense and Military Veterans (PCDMV) this week, the Department of Defense (DoD) summarized the borderline successes of the past decade. Between 2010 and the end of 2021, the military recovered 459 weapons, apprehended 188,404 illegal aliens, arrested 6,176 criminals, recovered 1,696 stolen vehicles, confiscated 121,462 kg of dagga and recovered 31,979 cattle.

Other Operation Corona border successes around the same time saw 1,293kg of copper confiscated, along with 929kg of precious metals and contraband goods worth R446 million.


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