South Africa to deport , illegal Zimbabwean immigrants every fortnight

The South African government will soon be deporting Zimbabwean illegal immigrants every fortnight as they heighten efforts to decongest Lindela Transit Holding Centre in Johannesburg, an official has said.Zimbabwe’s Consul General to South Africa, Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro made the revelations on Friday after assessing the deportation processes of the second batch of 800 Zimbabweans who arrived in the country via the Beitbridge Border Post by train.

The all-male group arrived on a 13-coach train escorted by 104 police officers, 10 immigration officers, 13 PRASA security guards and the Director of Lindela Holding Centre, JayJay Jackson.

He said they had also got assurance from the Home Affairs Department that women and children will only be sent home on buses.

The first group of 796, also all-male, arrived in the country via Beitbridge border post on June 3.

Mukonoweshuro said the train was introduced as a way of reducing the numbers of illegal immigrants at the Lindela Centre. Source: chronicle

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