Zimbabweans threaten to shut down border post to SA


Zimbabweans are threatening to shutdown Beit Bridge, which is their country’s main border post to South Africa. This is to show their anger over a ban of South African imports.

According to a Zimbabwean government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in fear of victimisation, Zimbabweans are angry that they live in dire poverty and are being refused assistance from relatives in South Africa.

He says the banning of imported goods, coupled with the non-payment of salaries, has agitated a lot of people. “Zimbabweans are demonstrating because of the current situation. People are poverty-stricken” he explains.

He says this is putting pressure on the government to reconsider imposed import restrictions.

Katleho Morapela/ Bloemfontein Courant