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South African border authority on high alert as country prepares for elections

Johannesburg, May 27, 2024
The South African Border Management Authority (BMA) is on high alert as the country prepares to hold general elections on Wednesday, the BMA said Monday.
“With just two days before South Africa’s national and provincial elections, the Border Management Authority is on high alert at all ports of entry to monitor movements,” the BMA said in a statement.
It arrested 28 Bangladesh nationals on Saturday evening at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg who had landed from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, with no proper documents.
In the statement, Commissioner of the BMA Michael Masiapato highlighted the importance of cooperation with embassies and foreign missions in verifying visa legitimacy and encouraged improvements in detection systems.
“This operation underscores the importance of our continuous efforts to secure our borders and ensure that all entrants comply with our legal requirements,” said the commissioner.
He noted that law enforcement has made huge deployments across the country for the elections, including escorting ballot papers and guarding national key points.

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