US$60 Covid-19 Test Certificates Expiring While People Are Still In Queues At Beitbridge Border Post, Motsoaledi Promises To Solve The Problem
23 December 2020
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Paul Nyathi

Situation at Beitbridge

Traffic congestion outside the Beitbridge Border Post into Zimbabwe has reached Musina Town which is about 15 kilometers from the border post.

The borders closes at about 10pm due to the curfew forcing travellers to spend hours waiting and sleeping in their vehicles or in the open for the border to open the following day.

Some travellers, who were delayed on the N1 outside the border had their 48-hour negative COVID-19 test expire while awaiting to cross the border.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says people without the necessary permits to travel into Zimbabwe are causing massive delays.

“I am going to my family. We are still here on the road and the queue is still standing; we don’t know what is going to happen as the papers that we have for Covid-19 test are about to expire before we reach the border.” says one traveller.

“Yeah, I’m going to Zimbabwe. The problem is that we have already done COVID test and when we reach there we will need to test there for US$60 that we have corona or we don’t have corona,” laments another.

Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, says truck drivers are to blame for the current congestion in Beitbridge. Motsoaledi says most truck drivers do not have the necessary documentation required to cross the border.

Minister Motsoaledi assures ease of traffic congestion at Beitbridge border post: