Beitbridge community, Zimbabwe, has admitted that it is not ready to accommodate returnees who are expected to arrive in the country anytime now from South Africa.
The returnees are stuck in South Africa where most of them were economic refugees and are feeling the heat of the lockdown that was imposed on that country to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Beitbridge district development coordinator Sikhangezile Mafu who was briefing the national thematic committee on ports of entry tasked with ensuring the border town’s preparedness
to receive returning citizens said:
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At local level we have nothing. We have no resources to talk about. There is no water at the facility and it is being connected.
The area will not be able to hold the anticipated numbers and we are speaking to lodges and other hotels to be able to host some of the returnees.
The national thematic committee on ports of entry is checking the preparedness of border posts to handle and hold returnees.
South Africa has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa which makes repatriation of citizens resident in that country a risky move that needs extracare at the points of entry.
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