POLOKWANE – MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Makoma Makhurupetje has commended Limpopo Traffic officials for intercepting a truck load of 87 illegal immigrants at the Polokwane Traffic Control Centre.
The interception happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 12 September, when traffic officials became suspicious of a truck that didn’t adhere to the traffic sign leading to the Polowane Traffic Control Centre.
Traffic police then pulled off the truck and upon inspection, discovered that there were 87 illegal Malawian immigrants on board who were allegedly travelling to Durban. Officers immediately impounded the vehicle and arrested the driver, who also tried to bribe them.
“We are pleased to know that the Home Affairs Department has already confirmed that all 87 immigrants were undocumented, meaning that they will also be facing charges of violating immigration laws,” said MEC Makhurupetje.
She added that what Limpopo Traffic Police did is good news and the department applauds their good work and believes this will send a stern warning to other truck drivers who may be trying to do the same thing.
“As a department, we are ready to root out crime and any form of corruption. It must be clear that no amount of bribery will stop out officers from carrying out the law. Anyone who tries to get illegal immigrants into the country through illegal means will be arrested and face the full might of the law,” she concluded.