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SA Fines Zimbabwean Bus Operator R400 000 For Carrying Border Jumpers

SA Fines Zimbabwean Bus Operator R400 000 For Carrying Border Jumpers

A Zimbabwe-based bus company, Rimbi Travel and Tours Bus Service, has been fined more than R400 000 by South Africa for breaking the Southern African country’s immigration laws.

This comes after one of the company’s buses arrived at the Beitbridge border post with passengers who did not have passports, thereby breaking the Immigration Act.

Rimbi has been given until the end of business on Tuesday to pay an R420 000 fine or the Department of Home Affairs will recover the money through legal means.

In a statement, Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Siya Qoza said on 29 March 2021, a driver of a Rimbi Travel and Tours bus arrived at the border post with 28 passengers who did not have passports.

Rimbi was subsequently fined R420,000 for transporting passengers without appropriate travel documents but the bus operator appealed the decision.

However, the appeal was rejected and the order to pay the fine was upheld. The fine is payable within 30 days of issue. Said Qoza in a statement:

The minister of home affairs determined in a Government Gazette of 03 June 2014 that any conveyor [transport business] that contravenes the provisions of section 35(9), will be liable for a fine of R15,000 for each person who arrives at a port of entry without appropriate travel documents.

Section 35(9) of the Immigration Act places on the person in charge of a transport business the responsibility of ensuring that all foreign passengers travelling through a port of entry have valid passports and relevant valid visas for their travel.

According to Qoza, transport companies that want to enter the country with passengers who do not have valid passports and visas, where required, are fined, denied entry and ordered to return such passengers to the sending country.

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25 Comments

Jackson conductors 3 months ago

GOOD EVENING WE ARE APPEALING VIA LEGAL ROUTE

THE FEE CHARGED BY THOSE WHO IMPOUNDED OUR BUS IS UNCALLED FOR

PLUS IN COURT OF LAW WE WILL DENY ALL ALLEGATION HOW CAN THEY SAY WE WERE MOVING UNDOCUMENTED PPL
IF YOU SAY WE ARE GUILTY WHERE ARE THE PPLE WHICH U SAY WERE IN TH BUS
WHICH ARE THEIR NAMES
WHERE ARE THEY

WHY DDNt you jail them for violating the immigration laws


King 3 months ago

P****port


chiremba 3 months ago

ummm ma1 panokauriwa


mzukuru 3 months ago

ko hanti pane anga anyimwa mari yecorruptiin apa most transporters who ply Zim to Sa they are ibto this act of touring undocumented ppl


Chiremba 3 months ago

54-124191R54

zoe 3 months ago

p****port


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Mdara Odza 3 months ago

Pindula now over doing things; the word pas$port is being censored because there is as$ in the middle.


Dude 3 months ago

P****port yakakosha


Muku Jnr 3 months ago

P****port


Chen 3 months ago

Kana irishoma why appealing then , vaingobhadhara zvee. Transport business kubva pakatanga COVID harina stereki stereki.


Mboro 3 months ago

A p****port


3 months ago


lamar 3 months ago

imari shoma to that company. $28 000


Gaffer 3 months ago

Rimbi haana anongoshirira ,dai ariInter Africa or Cag,anaRimbi vapfana mumabhazi it's a big loss

povoo 3 months ago

imari zhinji kwazvo baba kkk nyatso wekai maths yacho musinga mhanye yakawanda

Roy Chamatumba 3 months ago

The price parsports in Zimbabwe is Ridiculous it's way too high.


Chen 3 months ago

Kutorerwa yakashandwa mwedzi wese almost $25000us


Tny 3 months ago

P****port


🚩 3 months ago

A bus with such a big number of border jumpers p****ing through immigration official check points calls for a high level of investigations....obviously some officials are involved in this corrupt practices, heads must roll. Such ommision or negligency of duty is a state security threat. All border security operatives should be transferred.


Yellow Mellow 3 months ago

Whats wrong with typing the word p****port? ?


Chapwititi Kestombela 3 months ago

This is the reality of what ZANU-PF is doing to it's citizens. P****port is expensively charged, the process is so boring. Why would a necessary document be so pricy like this??? 🤔


Testing censorship 3 months ago

p****port

Yes 3 months ago

It's not p****port being censored it's this part p"🇦 🇸 🇸" port.

Mboko 3 months ago

P****port word being censored ohhh very good guys

Chapwititi Kestombela 3 months ago

.......... p****port.....


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