Massive Congestion At Beitbridge As ‘Injiva’ Rush To South Africa

There is massive congestion at Beitbridge Border Post, with thousands of Zimbabweans rushing back to South Africa following the end of the festive season.

Long queues of vehicles stretching for over 4km into Beitbridge town have formed over the past four days.

As a result, traffic has been categorised into light vehicles, buses, commercial and pedestrians, with heavy vehicles and buses using a bypass which goes through Vhembe View suburb, while light vehicles are using the main road leading to Bulawayo to reach the border.

On Saturday, the assistant regional immigration officer-in-charge of Beitbridge, Nqobile Ncube said:

We have added more manpower and opened more service points to clear people and vehicles as fast as possible.

Further, we are constantly liaising with South Africa in addressing challenges as and when they arise.

The government has deployed Zimbabwe Republic Police officers and members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to assist Beitbridge municipal police on major roads leading to Beitbridge.

Meanwhile, the slow movement of people has also been attributed to the many security checks on travellers carried out by South African officials in a bid to stop people with fake or fraudulently acquired documents from entering the country.

More: The Herald

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