Zim and SA authorities work together
A joint operation by South African and Zimbabwean police led to the arrests of 82 suspected criminals.
JOHANNESBURG - A joint operation by South African and Zimbabwean police led to the arrests of 82 suspected criminals near the Beitbridge border on Friday.
Beitbridge recently experienced a surge in violent crime, after ex-convicts were among those deported back to Zimbabwe.
Police on both sides of the border were targeting violent gangs of criminals who rob people along the Limpopo River.
Police spokesman Lawrence Chinhengo said Zimbabwe police arrested 47 suspects and their South African counterparts 35.
Knives, knobkerries and machetes were seized from hideouts along the Limpopo River.
Chinhengo told the official Herald that criminals normally escape across the river from whatever police force is pursuing them.
But with this joint operation, they had nowhere to run to.