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Reduced activity at Beitbridge Border Post as South Africans vote

by Staff reporter
30 May 2024 at 08:36hrs | Views
On Wednesday, Beitbridge Border Post experienced reduced traffic movement, likely influenced by ongoing elections in neighboring South Africa. As the busiest inland port of entry in Zimbabwe, Beitbridge typically handles around 15,000 travelers daily.

Mrs. Canisia Magaya, the Acting Head of Immigration Services at Beitbridge, reported processing fewer travelers than usual between 6 am and 2 pm on Wednesday. Only 2,500 travelers were cleared during this period, with 887 entering the country and 1,470 departing for South Africa.

Mrs. Magaya attributed the lower-than-average movement to the ongoing elections in South Africa, noting that on Tuesday, during the same timeframe, there were 1,590 arrivals and 1,532 departures, totaling approximately 3,000 to 3,500 travelers passing through the border daily.

She emphasized that while traffic tends to be lower at this time of year, the South African elections likely exacerbated the decline in movement.

Source - The Herald