Zim, South Africa border shut down
JOHANNESBURG – ZIMBABWE’s biggest border post and gate-way to South Africa, Beitbridge was shut down on Friday after Zimbabweans took to the streets protesting against government’s ban on imports into the country.
South Africa is Zimbabwe’s biggest regional trading partner and supplies the economic hit country with basic food stuffs such as fruits, mealie-meal and meat.
Reports by the country’s independent daily paper NewDay indicate that South Africans on the other side of the border joined in the strike forcing the shut-down of the border “with trucks trying to cross between the two countries reportedly being stopped.”
“People are protesting against this because our livelihoods have been affected. Importing foodstuffs from South Africa is our only source of income because Zimbabwe’s government has failed not only to revive industry but to provide jobs,” said a source from Beit-bridge.
“There is chaos and the likelihood of violence is high”.
As part of measures to deal with a sinking economy and crippling cash shortages as well as dwindling exports, President Robert Mugabe’s government announced a ban on a range of products mainly imported from his country’s southern neighbor.
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