Cross-Border Operations Lead to Deportation of Undocumented Immigrants and Arrests

Cross-Border Operations Lead to Deportation of Undocumented Immigrants and Arrests

Over the course of three days, joint cross-border operations in South Africa’s Limpopo Province resulted in the deportation of 1387 undocumented immigrants.


These operations, which aimed to address various offenses and ensure road safety, involved multiple law enforcement agencies and collaboration with neighboring countries.

The success of the operation led to numerous arrests and the seizure of illegal goods.

Deportation of Undocumented Immigrants:

Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, the Provincial Police spokesperson, confirmed that 1387 undocumented immigrants were deported during the joint cross-border operations.

These individuals were found without proper immigration documentation, and their return to their home countries was executed as part of the operation.


Arrests and Offenses:

In addition to the deportation of undocumented immigrants, the cross-border operations resulted in the arrest of 50 suspects involved in various offenses.

The offenses included selling liquor without a license, assault causing grievous bodily harm (GBH), harboring undocumented persons, and contravention of immigration laws.

The arrests reflect the comprehensive nature of the operations and the authorities’ determination to uphold the law.

Collaboration among Multiple Agencies:

The cross-border operations were a massive undertaking, involving various law enforcement agencies and institutions.

Units such as the South African Police Service, South African National Defence Force, Home Affairs, Border Control Management, and several other entities participated in the operation.


The collaborative effort also extended to law enforcement agencies from neighboring Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, including Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Achievements of the Operations:

The joint cross-border operations achieved notable successes during their implementation. Authorities issued 39 traffic summonses and recorded 79 violations of the Road Traffic Act.

Furthermore, 16 fines were issued for contravention of the Liquor Act, leading to the confiscation of liquor.

The operations also resulted in the confiscation of 201 illegal medications and 24 counterfeit cosmetics, leading to arrests related to these illegal goods.

Minister’s Visit and Encouragement:

Amidst the operations, the Minister of Transport, Ms. Sindisiwe Tshikunga, visited the operatives at the Musina Weigh Bridge.


During her visit, she addressed the multidisciplinary forces involved in the operations, providing words of encouragement and support for their efforts in maintaining law and order.

Legal Proceedings:

All the suspects arrested during the operations will face legal consequences for their respective offenses.

They are expected to appear in various magistrate courts to answer for their actions, as the authorities uphold the rule of law and ensure justice is served.


The joint cross-border operations in Limpopo Province successfully resulted in the deportation of undocumented immigrants and the apprehension of individuals involved in various offenses.

The cooperation among numerous law enforcement agencies and collaboration with neighboring countries demonstrated the determination to maintain security and uphold the law.


As the legal proceedings ensue, the impact of these operations on road safety and law enforcement in the region will be closely observed.


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