- The Beitbridge border post in Limpopo is pure chaos at the moment, with Covid-19 restrictions adding to the issue
- Travellers are resorting to sleeping in their vehicles while waiting in a queue that stretches for kilometres
- The situation is so dire a woman reportedly died after collapsing near the border post
The Beitbridge border post is madness at the moment despite immense Covid-19 restrictions on movement in and out of SA.
Travellers are resorting to sleeping in their parked vehicles while attempting to cross into Zimbabwe, with the queues stretching for kilometres.
The border, popular with people intending to travel further into Africa, is usually bustling during the holiday season.
The Covid-19 lockdown has seen less traffic moving through the border but has brought with it a new set of issues.
Curfews and Covid-19 health requirements have increased congestion with the line seemingly at a standstill.
Security has been highlighted as a major issue for those waiting in line, especially when commuters are forced to sleep in the bush at the mercy of thieves.
TimesLIVE reports that many are calling for the two nations to come to an agreement over curfews with one commuter commenting that:
“As it stands, the South Africans are not clearing any traffic besides commercial cargo after 10pm. This has created problems for border officials, considering they are overwhelmed by traffic during this period even when operating 24 hours a day.”
The SABC reports that Limpopo Department of Transport spokesperson Matome Moremi-Taueatsoala had confirmed plans are in the pipeline to relieve the situation.
In one unfortunate situation, a Zimbabwean woman reportedly died after collapsing at the border.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has released the preliminary festive season road safety statistics on Tuesday.
Speaking during a media briefing, Mbalulu says that a total of 690 South Africans had lost their lives during December thus far.
The Minister also noted a 5.7% decline in fatalities during the same period last year, but says that this was little cause for a celebration:
"One life lost, is one life too many."
Mbalula has vowed that law enforcement will continue being visible along the roads as citizens travel during the holidays.
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