As the South African authorities continue to turn away people without proper documentation from entering the country, desperate Zimbabweans have resorted to risking their lives by entering the country illegally.
This comes at a time when South Africa has introduced strict measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The South Africa Department of Health is now requiring that all travellers should have a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours. This has seen a lot of people failing to enter the country.
However, undeterred by their inability to enter the country legally, a lot of Zimbabweans have resorted to what is euphemistically referred to as “border jumping.” In their quest to enter South Africa, many have disregarded all concerns for their personal safety and are willing to risk their lives to leave Zimbabwe by any means necessary.
A video is circulating on social media, which shows dozens of Zimbabweans using a rope to lower themselves from what appears to be a bridge. Any misstep could result in one or more people falling a considerable distance and sustaining injuries or even death, in worst-case circumstances.
You can watch the video below,
Due to concerns about the huge numbers of foreign nationals who are trying to enter South Africa illegally from the Zimbabwe side of the Beitbridge Border Post, the country has deployed helicopters to hover above the Limpopo River. Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi also deployed boats along the river to stop illegal immigrants.
More than 500 illegal immigrants were arrested over the weekend for trying to enter South Africa illegally. At least 50 Zimbabweans were also arrested after they were caught with fake Covid-19 tests which purported to show that they were negative. The 50 people with the fake tests were arrested on Friday and Saturday.