MAPUTO, 28 January 2021 – All members of Mozambique’s frontier force on the country’s borders with eSwatini and South Afica have been hit with disciplinary transfers.
Mozambique’s police chief Bernardino Rafael accused the officers of taking bribes to facilitate illegal migration.
The action suspending the entire platoon of frontier police follows the airing of an investigative journalism story by a local television station, STV.
The story revealed the extent of the bribery underway.
The report established that police at these borders routinely accepted bribes in exchange for allowing Mozambicans to illegally cross the borders into neighboring South Africa.
The report showed that the bribe paid was about $13 or 200 Soouth African rands.
The police said they probe the reporting by STV themselves and found the allegations in the report to be true.
The suspects are under disciplinary proceedings, police chief Bernardino Rafael added.