Police in Groblersdal removed a total of 291 illegal immigrants from the former Police Tactical Academy at Maleoskop in Sekhukhune District.

The operation was in collaboration with the Departments of Home Affairs and Social Development. It was conducted from Sunday 2 July to Monday 03 July 2023 between 22:00 and 10:00.

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The force comprises the SAPS k9 unit, Visible policing, Detectives, Immigration officers, and Social workers.

The illegal immigrants were also arrested and included Zimbabwean nationals 115 males, and 55 females with 17 children. Mozambican nationals 62 males, and 51 females with 15 children and were all deported to their respective countries as per the 48-hour activation plan.

Over 200 illegal immigrants chased away from Maleoskop
Police Officers

Amongst them 7 foreign nationals were released under Section 49(1)(a) of the immigration act as follows; 4 x DRC nationals, 2 x Mozambican nationals and 1x Eritrean nationals.

In the tour of the operation, 6x dagga plants were found abandoned and they were subsequently confiscated for disposal.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DEPORTED BACK

In addition to this two cases of Human trafficking were opened against a Congolese national male suspect for allegedly trafficking two 16-year-old females from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the collaborative efforts by the teams involved in the Operation.

The suspect is expected to appear before Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court in the week facing charges of human trafficking and contravention of the immigration act.