Zimbabweans living in South Africa who had come to the country hoping to acquire travel documents have been forced to leave the country without passports due to chaos at the Home Affairs Department.
Sources who spoke to Radio VOP said women who use undesignated entry points into South Africa are subjected to sexual harassment including rape.
“Soldiers are forcing women, especially young girls to sleep with them to be allowed to proceed to South Africa while men face severe beatings”, said one transporter who requested not to be named. The transporters popularly known as “Omalayitsha” are notoriously known to ferry passengers without travel documents.
In the past two weeks the soldiers and police officers have been on high alert at the border as they thwart undocumented Zimbabweans willing to enter South Africa.
Zimbabweans have been so daring that they cross the crocodile infested Limpopo River as they flee their country which has been hit by years of economic demise and political upheaval.