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FILE PHOTO - The situation at the Mozambique-South Africa Lebombo border on 5 January 2021 is fast deteriorating for people coming back to SA. [File photo: Twitter]
Scores of travellers are on Tuesday waiting at the Lebombo Border between Mozambique and South Africa as it remains closed for arrivals following the announcement of new regulations by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
In his address to the nation on Monday night, Ramaphosa revealed that the country will close 20 land borders until 15 February as South Africa tries to claw back on soaring COVID-19 cases.
There are concerns that snaking queues at the some of the country’s popular ports of entry could become super spreader events.
Home Affairs Deputy Minister Njabulo Nzuza is visiting the Lebombo Border on Tuesday.
He is also inspecting forces deployed along the borderline but despite this intervention, some are still crossing into the country illegally.
This immigration official is at the post and has been trying to calm the crowd that’s becoming increasingly impatient.
“South African citizen, people with permanent residency and mineworkers would be allowed to go home. But people travelling for tourism, shopping and all that cannot be allowed to go even if they have their coronavirus tests results.”
— PretoriaLIVE (@LivePretoria) January 12, 2021
President #Ramaphosa: To reduce congestion and the high risk of transmission, 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. pic.twitter.com/bC7nZMRnms
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) January 11, 2021
— Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) January 12, 2021