Zimbabwean citizens returning from South Africa and Botswana are causing authorities headaches by supplying them with false information on their identities.
Those giving officials false information at quarantine centres at the Plumtree and Beitbridge Posts are reportedly doing so to avoid being sent to their home provinces.
This will enable them to quickly jump the border and return to South Africa and Botswana where they were deported from once their mandatory quarantine period is over.
Matabeleland South provincial social welfare officer Criswell Nyakudya confirmed the unscrupulous shenanigans by some returnees. He said:
A number of returnees have proved to be untrustworthy as they have been providing us with false addresses.
There are some who claim to have lost their National Identity cards and then give us fake ID numbers, addresses and names and claim to be from Matabeleland South Province.
We have been experiencing this mostly with those returnees that would have been deported and not those coming back voluntarily.
After the returnees have completed their quarantine period they are transported to their respective provinces.
Those who pretend to be from Mat South will be doing so in order to avoid being transported to their provinces so they can remain in Matabeleland South where they have easy access back to Botswana and South Africa.
Nyakudya said, as a result, they have brought in the Registry Department which is now checking particulars of returnees to check their places of origin.