Thirty South Africans “have been caught trying to illegally cross into Zimbabwe via the Beitbridge border post”, reads a message posted on Facebook in Zimbabwe.
“Hidden among their few possessions were CVs & academic certificates. It’s now suspected that they were trying to illegally seek employment in this country.”
The post includes two photos. One shows a group of people lying under exposed wooden planks in a truck trailer. The other is of a police officer inspecting the planks.
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The posts include other photos of the scene, including of a police car with the branding of the Laredo Police Department. Laredo is a city in the US state of Texas, on that country’s border with Mexico.
One of the photos was featured in an article by the Laredo Morning Times on 5 January 2021. According to the article, a trailer was intercepted at the US border patrol checkpoint on Interstate 35 on 29 December, 2020.
The trailer was searched and 17 people were found hiding in a compartment built inside the lumber.
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