Gigaba says number of people passing through Beitbridge halved

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba says he does not blame Zimbabwean Customs for locking out South African goods from entering Zimbabwe.

Gigaba was speaking to the media at OR Tambo International Airport about the rollout of the Biometric Capture System.

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He said the number of people coming into the country had not been reduced by the installation of the biometrics system and the department expected more visitors to make their way to South Africa.

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But Gigaba did admit to the instability on the Zimbabwe side of the Beitbridge border post having caused a drop in the number of Zimbabweans entering the country.

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He said the number of travellers had almost halved from fifteen thousand a day. He said the drop had showed in the money collected at the border post.

Gigaba said the Beitbridge port oversaw a similar number of travellers as OR Tambo International Airport.