- Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille announced a R37 million project to construct a fence between Zimbabwe and South Africa
- This project had formed part of her department's response to the coronavirus pandemic in SA
- However, the work done so far has not gone a long way to instil confidence
South Africa's government response to the coronavirus outbreak has spanned across numerous departments and included a wide range of new regulations.
From restrictions on the sale of alcohol and cigarettes to curfews put into place on public transport, the state has attempted to limit the potential damage the virus could do.
However, one project in particular has drawn the ire of citizens who weighed in on the situation.
Briefly.co.za reported that Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille had announced a R37 million project to erect a 40km border in between South Africa and Zimbabwe.
This had aimed to bolster efforts to close all points of entry amid a national lockdown, helping to ensure that no illegal migrants could make their way into the country.
However, President of Mining Forum of South Africa Blessings Ramoba slammed the project sharing a photo of a meagre looking barbed wire fence and commenting that:
"Apparently work has started to construct a 40-kilometre border fence along the Beitbridge border between SA & Zimbabwe in Limpopo. The Dept of Public Works allocated R37 million for the job. Look what is being constructed. What a joke! We are not safe, we need proper fencing."
In a post to social media, De Lille provided citizens on an update regarding the construction of the fence:
"The contractor is working with 8 teams to repair and replace the fence at the border. This is also part of the department's response to Covid-19. Drilling of holes for poles has started."
From the minister's pictures, it appears that the fence indicated by Ramoba is actually a small portion of the fence and not an indication of the complete project.
The Department of Public Works has been contacted for comment but at the time of publishing had not responded.
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