Zimbabweans reportedly crossing border to buy petrol in South Africa

Zimbabweans reportedly crossing border to buy petrol in South Africa

- Zimbabweans have been purchasing fuel and other supplies at the border town of Musina

- Petrol tankers have also been spotted at the border

- This follows a major fuel price increase that sparked protests across the country

Zimbabweans have reportedly been purchasing fuel and other supplies in South Africa.

Residents have reported larger numbers than usual of Zimbabweans crossing at Musina to buy necessities. Petrol tankers have also been seen passing through the border town. The Department of Home Affairs, however, denies that there has been an increase in people crossing the border, but says that it has plans in place should that occur.

This follows a major increase in the price of fuel in Zimbabwe last week that sparked protests across the country. The fuel price more than doubled overnight. It was the latest in a series of economic blows to Zimbabweans, following months of inflation and the imposition of new taxes.

The price hike was an attempt to solve some of Zimbabwe's economic woes, but for many citizens it proved to be the final straw.

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Strikes have continued throughout the week, resulting in looting and bringing many businesses to a standstill, prompting Zimbabwean opposition party MDC to ask Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene. There have also been reports of police and military violence against Zimbabwean citizens.This week alone, security forces detained over 200 civilians.

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The Zimbabwean government's crackdown has drawn condemnation from various human rights organizations, as well as political parties like the EFF.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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