South African and Zimbabwean security officials have destroyed a third makeshift footbridge across the Limpopo River that had been constructed some 600 metres east of the official border post.
Two makeshift bridges, that were used by smugglers and border jumpers, were destroyed in the last six months near the same area.
The latest bridge was built overnight on Monday using logs, electricity poles and sacks filled with sand.
Beitbridge head of police, Chief Superintendent Tichaona Nyongo said the bridge was constructed in an area which is infested with hippopotamus and other dangerous wild animals. He said:
These people are determined considering that area is dangerous for humans at night.
However, we are not relenting, we are working together with the South Africans so that we suffocate the criminals on both sides of the border.
… We will leave no stone unturned as we continue fighting crime. It is advisable for people to use formal crossing points to travel and export/import goods to different countries.