Beitbridge Border Post rakes in $2m daily
“The Beitbridge Town Council also submitted that Zimra was making US$2 million a day from Beitbridge border post and the town council would need a stake in the form of a community share ownership to develop the town. During the meeting with Zimra, it was confirmed that it was making about $2 million a day,” he said.
Senator Mumvuri said smuggled goods are sometimes picked up in Limpopo River, meaning others make their way into the country.
He said the committee was also informed that Zimra is short staffed due to shortage of houses in the area.
The senator said the district administrator’s office also complained about personnel working at the border posts who abuse their positions to inspect passports.
“At the Beitbridge Border Post, the committee interacted with the DA’s office where the major concern raised was that there are too many stakeholders at the border post demanding passports,” he said.
“These include the police, soldiers and immigration officers. It was highlighted that whilst it was the mandate of the immigration officers and the police to request for one’s passport, the soldiers, security guards, central intelligence officers among others also demanded passports.”