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Border authorities arrest Lesotho nationals with R1.5 million at Qashasnek

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The Commissioner of the Border Management Authority (BMA), Dr Michael Masiapato has commended the interception of four Lesotho nationals who were in the country illegally and in possession of over R1.4 million in cash at the Qashasnek port of entry.

The arrests were made during a joint operation by the BMA, members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the South African Police (SAPS) after a vehicle was stopped for searching as part of routine check at a Vehicle Check Point (VCP) of a Bi-National operation between South Africa and Lesotho on 25 June 2024.

“Five Lesotho nationals were in the vehicle and four were found to be previously declared undesirable and had been banned from entering the country in terms of the Immigration Act. The above-mentioned persons were searched and found to be in possession of concealed South African currency worth R1 480 050.

“The four who did not have the requisite documents were arrested for being in South Africa illegally and a case was opened. The money which was counted, and underwent counterfeit verifications, was then deposited into the state bank account pending further investigations on the matter,” the BMA said on Saturday.

The Commissioner commended the crime prevention contributions of BMA officials at Qashasnek port of entry and their detection systems.

“As the Commissioner of the Border Management Authority, I am committed to ensuring the safety and security of our nation. To this end, we have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to criminal activities at our ports of entry.

“We will rigorously enforce the law and take decisive action against any illegal activities to maintain the integrity of our borders. The Junior Border Guards continue to display great effort in protecting our country. Their dedication and hard work are vital in maintaining the safety and integrity of our nation,” Masiapato said.

Masiapato said that any individuals caught engaging in criminal behaviour, will face the full might of the law.

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