Indien ons ordentlike grenslyne/drade of muur gehad het, wat ordentlik beman was, het ons nie nou soveel onwettige immigrante in die land gehad nie. Hoeveel siekes stroom die land binne, terwyl ander gratis aandring op dienste, huise, skole, sassa, ens.
Sixty-four people believed to be migrants from Ethiopia have been found dead in a container attached to a truck in Mozambique, provincial migration authorities and the police said on 24 March 2020. Police and immigration authorities stopped the truck en route from Malawi in the early hours of the morning in the province of Tete, bordered by Malawi on one side and Zimbabwe on the other, they said.
Amelia Direito, spokeswoman for Tete migration services, said the officials checked the container after hearing banging coming from inside. They found 14 people alive among the bodies of 64 who had died from suspected asphyxiation. The survivors were now being held at an immigration facility, she added. Many poor migrants travel via Mozambique on their way into South Africa, where they usually hope to find better work.
The driver of the truck told a local TV station that he had been approached in Malawi by an individual who offered him money to take the migrants into Mozambique. “Two people were detained in connection to the incident, the driver and a middleman, who contracted the driver to ferry these people,” police spokesman Orlando Mudumane said.
Direito said the driver told police he had been promised roughly $500 (€460) to transport the men. The pair detained were reported to be Mozambican nationals. Police have launched a manhunt for “the intermediary who facilitated the illegal entry of the Ethiopians into the country,” Direito added. The truck was stopped en route from Malawi in Moatize district in Tete province by police and migration authorities as part of a regular inspection.
Direito said that the officials looked inside the container after hearing banging coming from inside. Mozambique has gained a reputation as a smuggling point for hopeful migrants seeking to find better lives in South Africa, the continent’s most industrialized economy.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the survivors were being treated for severe dehydration and exhaustion. They are currently at an immigration facility.
The Ethiopian foreign ministry said it had “confirmed through the Ethiopian embassy in South Africa that many Ethiopians travelling inside a vehicle from Malawi to Mozambique have died.” Addis Ababa said it was in working to establish the number of people dead and their identities.
Government spokesman Filmao Suaze said Mozambique, in conjunction with the Ethiopian embassy in the capital, Maputo, had launched an “investigation to bring the responsible to justice.”
Sixty-four people believed to be migrants from Ethiopia were found dead in a freight container attached to a truck in central Mozambique, provincial migration authorities said on Tuesday. A further 14 people were discovered alive. The cause of death remains unknown but authorities said initial investigations pointed to asphyxia — otherwise known as oxygen deprivation.
Provincial immigration spokesman Amelia Direito told local reporters that all 78 aboard the container were Ethiopian men and believed to have been headed for South Africa. Police spokesman Orlando Mudumane announced: “Two people were detained in connection to the incident, the driver and a middleman, who contracted the driver to ferry these people.” Temperatures in the region are currently hovering around 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit).