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Fraudsters active at border post

2011-12-11 14:11

Komatipoort - Travellers crossing between Mpumalanga and Mozambique have been warned against fraudsters masquerading as government officials at the Lebombo border post.

The Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI) warned that individuals working on both sides of the border were passing themselves off as government officials and charging a fee to complete documentation on behalf of travellers.

 MCLI chief executive Barbara Mommen said: "These people are fraudsters and should be avoided.

"No fees are payable on either side of the border for the completion of documents.

"If travellers are unsure, they should ask a border post official for official identification and an official government receipt.”

Mommen warned that illegal border post runners were also offering to speed up activities at the thoroughfares and help travellers jump immigration queues.

“This makes you party to fraud and corruption and undermines the efforts of the relevant government departments to stamp out corruption and provide an effective service,” she warned.

She said while the traffic department and police would deploy additional staff to the border, long queues and traffic congestion were still expected.

“The festive period carries the highest volume of holiday, business and tourist travel and it is very likely that there will be delays if you are crossing the border," she said.

The expected peak periods will be from December 22 to 24 and January 2 to 4.

"Travellers are advised to plan their trips carefully to avoid the long queues,” Mommen said.

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Mommen said travellers to Mozambique are required by law to carry a ZA sticker, reflective vest and two red emergency triangles.

She warned all travellers that no firearms or animals were allowed across the border.

Travellers who have been to countries affected by Yellow Fever will need to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate.

She advised travellers to check beforehand what documents would be required.

The Lebombo and Ressano Garcia border posts have been operating for 24 hours since December 1 and will continue until January 16.

Comments
  • maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-11 14:22

    "...fraudsters masquerading as government officials..." How will you ever know the difference?

      Larry - 2011-12-11 15:21

      Exactly.

  • Jean - 2011-12-11 14:25

    Ha ha

  • Anthony - 2011-12-11 14:33

    can only happen in africa

      Steph - 2011-12-12 05:18

      Not really -- there was a recent census in Australia , and several people were duped by fraudsters posing as officials, asking for money to help complete the forms , or for all sorts of personal details for identity theft .... fraud , lying cheating , very common criminal activities the world over .... I would posit however , that it's probably better policed over here - but that doesn't change my point, that you are factually incorrect in stating "can only happen in africa".

  • George - 2011-12-11 15:13

    Never thought orr gov offials would stoop that low, But who knows, go wher the money is.

  • comurray - 2011-12-11 15:53

    These guys are off duty government officials increasing the size of their already inflated bonuses.

  • Eric - 2011-12-11 19:04

    I have travelled the beit bridge route 4 times a year, for 3 years now. The WORST border is SA side, bloody con artists, that hassle and hustle. They do have connections inside, who are probably getting a cut. Tell them to piss off, and they get rude. Thats when I get even ruder!!!

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-12 09:55

    The fact that these fraudsters can work at border posts manned by government officials at all, is fairly much proof that the real official are up to their necks in this activity as well, one hand washing the other.

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