Motsoaledi orders ban of Zimbabwe bus company

Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has directed officials to cancel the cross-border license of a Zimbabwe bus company that transports undocumented foreigners to South Africa.

PRETORIA – Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has directed officials to cancel the cross-border license of a Zimbabwe bus company that transports undocumented immigrants to South Africa.

Motsoaledi was in Beitbridge on Easter Monday to assess the illegal immigration crisis at the end of the festive period.

He reacted angrily when a Rimbi Travel and Tours bus allegedly carrying Zimbabwean illegal immigrants was intercepted.

“I am pissed off because the owners of this bus think we are clowns in South Africa. They don’t follow any laws, they got a cross-border license from the authorities but they are abusing it,” Motsoaledi fumed.

“I am irritated because recently they were fined R420,000 for transporting illegal immigrants to South Africa and that is the law. By law they were supposed to pay 15,000 rand per person but they never paid and I was made to understand they were allowed (on the street) but they never paid.

“It’s worse that the driver doesn’t have a passport. There’s no way in the world for a bus driver to get a permit to cross a border without a passport.

“I ordered his arrest because he is a habitual transgressor. It is undermining a country, that time is over and something bad is about to happen.

Motsoaledi said hundreds of people have been arrested trying to enter South Africa illegally over the Easter holiday.

The minister witnessed the burning of tires confiscated by South African border agents as they were transported to Zimbabwe.

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