SA Home Affairs Minister washes hands of Zimbabwe import ban

South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says he does not blame Zimbabwean Customs for preventing South African goods from entering Zimbabwe.

Speaking at OR Tambo International Airport about the rollout of the biometric capture system, Gigaba said the installation of the system had not reduced the number of people entering the country.

His department expected more visitors to make their way to SA, but Gigaba did admit that the instability on the Zimbabwe side of the Beitbridge border post had caused a drop in the number of Zimbabwean visitors.

He said the number of travellers had almost halved from 15,000 a day, which had showed in the amount of money collected at the border post.

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