Security Agents Demolish Makeshift Footbridge Across Limpopo River
The National Security Task Force (NTF) has demolished an illegal makeshift bridge that was being used by smugglers and border jumpers to cross into Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The bridge made of wood was constructed recently about 1km east of the New Limpopo Bridge and those who erected the structure were charging smugglers and border jumpers fees of between R20 and R100 to cross.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi urged the public to always use the formal port of entry between SA and Zimbabwe. He said:
As the police, we want to warn those engaging in crime along the border that their days are numbered.
We encourage those who want to travel or move goods between Zimbabwe and South Africa to always use the formal and legal port of entry.
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Reports suggest that there are over 200 illegal crossing points along the 250km border of the Limpopo River.
The most common illegal crossing points are Pandamine, River Ranch, Dite, Mawale, Mai Maria, Gate 2 and Musetshe.
A border official on Wednesday said smugglers and border jumpers were taking advantage of the receding water levels in Limpopo River in recent weeks to create more entry points.
In 2021, security agents destroyed another makeshift bridge near the National Parks compound that is infested with crocodiles and hippopotamuses.