Beitbridge border queue reaches Musina: Little hope for travellers

Beitbridge border queue reaches Musina: Little hope for travellers

- Traffic outside of the Beitbridge border into Zimbabwe has snaked to Musina, 14 kilometers away

- Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has attributed this strain on the post to truck drivers

- Others, however, insist that Covid-19 restrictions are to blame for the congestion

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Traffic congestion outside of the Beitbridge border has now reached Musina, a staggering 14 kilometers away.

Chairperson of the Beitbridge Transport and Clearing Agency Association Eugene Khoza has blamed the chaotic situation on the curfew.

The Zimbabwean side of the post shuts down at 6pm, which forces the travellers to resort to camping out in wait of the following day.

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The border has reached Musina and is expected to take weeks to clear. Image: @Chris_Fourie
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eNCA reports that travellers have raised concerns that their 48-hour Covid-19 test results might expire while they wait in the queue:

"I am going to my family. We are still here on the road and the queue is still standing; we don’t know what is gonna happen and the papers that we have for COVID test we don’t know it is going to expire before we reach the border. Yeah, I’m going to Zimbabwe. The problem is that we have already COVID test and we reach there we need to test there that we have corona or we don’t have corona."
Chaos at Beitbridge border post: Commuters forced to sleep in vehicles

SABC reports that Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has lamented people without the needed permits to travel are adding to already massive delays.

The politician also placed blame on truck drivers, who Motsoaledi claims are attempting to cross the border without the required documentation.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says people without the necessary permits to travel into Zimbabwe are causing massive delays.

With traffic officers battling to keep the situation under control Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs Bongani Bongo has called for an urgent intervention.

The government, in his opinion, needs to act swiftly to come up with solutions but authorities claim it will take weeks before the massive backlog is dealt with.

eNCA reported that they had witnessed at least two people die whilst waiting for their turn to cross over the border, with some commuters claiming that they have been waiting weeks.

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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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