South African border authorities say they have intercepted a group of more than 440 unaccompanied children from Zimbabwe.
The Border Management Authority (BMA) said the children, all aged under eight, traveled on dozens of buses on Saturday.
He added that they were without parents, guardians and without the letters of authorization required by law.
Reports indicate that the children were visiting working parents in South Africa.
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“We refused them entry and activated the Zimbabwean authorities to send them back to Zimbabwe.”
More than a million Zimbabweans live and work in South Africa, and it is believed the children were going to join their parents for the Christmas holidays.
However, bus drivers told authorities that the children were going to sporting events.
The chairman of the African Diaspora Forum, which represents foreign nationals living in South Africa, said some of the 443 children were traveling with their grandparents.
Ngqabutho Mabhena said on his YouTube channel that the children’s parents contacted him with this information.
“That explains why on the Zimbabwean side of the border they were allowed in,” he said.
Mr Mabhena urged Zimbabwean parents in South Africa not to let their children board buses unaccompanied or without the required documentation.
He said: “Never entrust your children to a stranger… let’s be responsible parents and don’t put our children in a difficult situation. »
South Africa is grappling with a rise in the number of illegal migrants entering the country through its northern border with Zimbabwe.
Immigration is one of South Africa’s most pressing political issues.
Border management has become disorganized and there is pressure on the government to do more about the number of people entering sub-Saharan Africa’s most developed country.