4 SA Border Officials Up For Taking Bribes From Zims

Four Beit Bridge border officials are expected to appear in the Musina Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo on Monday on charges of fraud and corruption.

Three are from Home Affairs and one from SARS. They were among 15 suspects arrested by the Hawks.

The officials allegedly received bribes to process documents illegally for foreign nationals at the border post with Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, 17 people have appeared  in the Beit Bridge Magistrate’s Court on the Zimbabwean side of the border,  charged with public violence.

Lawyers for Human Rights say 10 of the accused were assaulted by police when they were rounded after Friday’s protests on the Zimbabwean side.

A revenue authorities warehouse was set alight and shops looted in protest at Zimbabwe’s new restrictions on imports of certain goods.

The 17 have been remanded in custody until when their bail application will be heard.