International truckers are reportedly backed up in long queues at the Beitbridge border, between South Africa and Zimbabwe, with some drivers complaining that they have been stuck for three days.
GroundUp reports that Limpopo transport department spokesperson Matome Taueatsoala said they were informed by the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) that the delays were caused by the closure of a “transit shed” on the Zimbabwean side.
Newancy Mudzimurenga, a driver for J F Transport told GroundUp that he had been at the border since July 26th and has barely moved. He said:
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I really do not know what is going on at the border. Since I joined the queue on Sunday evening 26 July I have not yet moved even 900 metres.
The queue has stretched back about 15km to Nancefield in Musina, with trucks crossing into Zimbabwe or on their way to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania stuck.
Truck drivers have reportedly switched to the Beitbridge border from the Kazangula border post between South Africa and Botswana because once they get into Botswana they are quarantined, whereas there is no quarantine for drivers in Zimbabwe.