South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has shut down South Africa’s 20 land ports of entry including Beitbridge Border Post until February 15.
In a televised speech Monday evening, in which he announced a stricter Level 3 lockdown, Cyril Ramaphosa said that to reduce congestion and the high risk of transmission, South African cabinet has decided that the 20 land ports of entry that are currently open will be closed until the 15th of February for general entry and departure.
Only cargo, students studying in South Africa and emergency travellers would be allowed to enter that country.
Beitbridge Border- Musina Border will be open for
– the transportation of fuel, cargo & goods,
– emergency medical attention for a life
– the return of South African nationals, permanent residents or persons with other valid visas,
– the departure of foreign nationals,
– daily commuters from neighbouring countries who attend school in South Africa.
This development is set to affect tens of thousands of Zimbabwean cross-border traders and job seekers without adequate documentation.