Beitbridge border: Chaos over as Home Affairs clears congestion

Beitbridge border: Chaos over as Home Affairs clears congestion

- After a week of tragedy at the Beitbridge border post the light at the end of the tunnel has arrived

- Authorities have managed to clear the crossing after queues snaked for kilometres

- The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that the congestion has now been eliminated

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The Department of Home Affairs has now confirmed that the chaos at Beitbridge border post has been sorted out.

The crossing between South Africa and Zimbabwe has been making headlines with reports of numerous fatalities.

In a statement issued by the Department it was confirmed that the border is now easily accessible:

“The Musina Local Municipality provided additional holding areas which enabled vehicles going to the border to be released to travel in manageable numbers. The municipality also provided ablution facilities and water along the route from the town of Musina to the port of entry.”
Beitbridge border: Home Affairs encourages truck drivers to avoid post
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The border has now been cleared. Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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Commuters are encouraged to observe traffic and immigration laws in addition to health protocols put in place to limit the spread of Covid-19.

The government had earlier announced that the mandatory Covid-19 test results were no longer required in a bid to ease the tense situation at the border.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the queues, stretching over 20km and taking up to nine days to cross, had been making headlines.

Department DG Sandile Buthelezi commented that the situation has been confusing for the state:

“Initially they were raising issues that there was a long time being taken in terms of the Covid screening and testing. One thing that was confusing for us was that the main backlog was on the outgoing trucks and we don’t require a test when going out of the country, so we were only doing the temperature screening and filling in the forms."
Beitbridge border: Government suspends some Covid-19 restrictions

Buthelezi had noted that this had done little to ease the situation with the politician continuing to say that:

“But even then we decided that just to ensure that there is a flow, we suspended even that part of it. But then they complained that when they come back to the country they have to do the testing. So the responsibility has been give to the trucking industry to ensure that the validity period for a test is 30 days."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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