Returnees from South Africa are reportedly subjected to confusing processes at the Beitbridge Border Post and this has resulted in some of them fleeing from quarantine, The Standard reports.
According to the publication, 27 returnees have reportedly escaped from the NSSA hotel which is being used as one of the quarantine centres in the border town.
A returnee that spoke to the publication said:
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I am still at the NSSA quarantine centre, but not admitted. I arrived today early in the morning (Saturday, 16) but still have not been attended to up to now at 8pm,
I am personally appalled at the level of incompetence and the government’s ill-preparedness. Nothing has been said, we are just waiting. And we have children, who are now restless and starving
Another returnee said they got to the border and were made to sit in their buses for hours before they were attended to by health officials:
We arrived at the Zimbabwe border in the morning around 6am, and other buses got here earlier. We were made to remain in our buses for hours with no assistance.
Border officials didn’t seem like they knew what to do with us. We were given forms to fill in and passports were taken from those who had them.
There were about 10 or more buses that came from South Africa with the assistance of the Zimbabwe consulate and the International Organisation of Migration. We were screened in South Africa and all was well.
When contacted for comment, Matabeleland South police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Philisani Ndebele reportedly refused to comment about incidences of returnees escaping from the facilities.
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