South African Security Says Monitoring Beitbridge

Pretoria- The Department of Home Affairs is monitoring the situation at the Beitbridge Port of Entry following protest action.

“Following the resolution of the stand-off between South African traders in the Musina area and Zimbabweans entering South Africa, we can confirm that the Port of Entry is operational today, 02 July 2016 and no incidences have been reported,” spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said.

“Working together with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African Revenue Service (SARS), we will observe developments closely to ensure ease of travel at the port of entry.”

Protests erupted on Friday when people expressed their anger over a new ban on imports. They set a warehouse belonging to the state revenue authority of Zimbabwe on fire. Tshwete maintained that the violence did not spill over to South Africa.

“To this end, we wish to confirm that the violent acts that have been portrayed on social media, including the burning of buildings, took place on the Zimbabwean side and not alongside the borderline as reported,” he said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said police were monitoring the situation in the area.