- Cross-border buses fingered in human trafficking
- Increase of border jumpers into SA attributed to hardships in acquiring proper documentation
ZIMBABWE’s passport crisis has given rise to an illicit business of facilitating ‘border jumping’, especially along the Zimbabwe-South Africa passage, Zim Morning Post can reveal.
Investigation carried out by this publication established that the rate of human smuggling syndicates had dramatically increased due to the current passport crisis in the country.
The travel documents crisis has been heightened by the impasse between the government and Israeli security company, Nikuv International Projects (Pvt) Ltd.
Zim Morning Post understands that cross-border buses drivers are demanding money from travellers who wish to cross into South Africa but do not have the requisite travel documents.
In an interview with a bus driver, the charges range from ZAR1 000 for children to ZAR1 500 for adults from Harare to Johannesburg.
“We are having brisk business, and we facilitate the movement of people without passports,” said the driver who did not want to be named for fear of victimisation.
Observers say the syndicates are carrying out their activities right under the nose of security agents.