OPINION: South Africa has announced that the government is installing a fence at the Beitbridge border gate to prevent – or minimise – the entrance of illegal immigrants infected with coronavirus.

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South Africa has announced that the government is installing a fence at the Beitbridge border gate to prevent – or minimise – the entrance of illegal immigrants infected with coronavirus. It will have minimal impact.

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia De Lille, has announced that the government is installing a fence at the Beitbridge border gate to prevent – or minimise – the entrance of illegal immigrants infected with coronavirus. It will have minimal impact.
The mounting of the security fence at this border gate to control the entrance of immigrants from north of the Limpopo River has good intentions, but it can only achieve very little in terms of preventing illegal immigrants entering South Africa.

The border between South Africa and Zimbabwe stretches 225 km from Botswana along and in parallel to the Limpopo River towards Mozambique. The Beitbridge border gate, named after the Zimbabwe town in Matabeleland south, links with Musina town in Limpopo province.

The bridge across the Limpopo River is about 350m in length. The new fence will be 1.8m in height and extend 20 km on each side of the bridge. It is hoped that the tall fence will deter illegal immigrants from crossing over and bringing more people with the coronavirus to South Africa.

Source: EyeWitnessNews

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