Malawians traveling to South Africa have to brace themselves for hard times as the officials there have introduced stiff fines for transport operators who transport undocumented travelers into the country.
According to a notice published on the website of the country’s department of home affairs, transporters caught on the wrong side of the law will pay a penalty of R15,000 (about MK660,000) per undocumented traveler.
The new regulation will be enforced in all of South Africa’s ports of entry, including the Beitbridge Border Post. Malawi24 understands that buses which will most be affected by the new regulation are those from Malawi and Zimbabwe.
The two countries have a vast number of its citizens in South Africa who entered the country illegally.
The new regulation shows that South Africa is determined to reduce the number of illegal immigrants who have already flooded the country. Earlier this year, the government instituted an operation dubbed Fiela to smoke out all illegal immigrants.
The four month operation carried out by the country’s police, home affairs department, and the army targeted hotspots of foreigners.
Scores of illegal immigrants were arrested in the operation. A few months ago, South Africa also banned all buses with foreign registration number plates from entering the country.