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border crossings double since disputed polls
Alex Bell, SW Radio Africa
October 17, 2013
The number of
Zimbabwean nationals crossing the border into South Africa is said
to have doubled, since the disputed
elections in July.
the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, who spoke to a South
African border official, an increased influx of Zimbabweans has
been recorded in recent months.
Before the elections,
an estimated 400 Zimbabwean nationals legally crossed the border
daily. But IPS quoted the anonymous official as saying that the
number has almost doubled since July.
commended the election outcome in Zimbabwe, but surprisingly more
than two months after those polls we are now recording over 700
Zimbabweans daily passing through the border into South Africa,”
the official reportedly said.
The IPS also
spoke to Edwin Gandari, chairperson of the Zimbabwe Cross Borders
Transporters’ Association, an association that transports
undocumented emigrants. He said that business has peaked since the
not sure about our business soon after the polls here until more
than a month later when people travelling to seek better opportunities
in neighbouring countries began seeking our services in their numbers,”
our association now records about 1,200 undocumented migrants a
day crossing over to neighbouring countries like South Africa, Mozambique
and Botswana after the polls,” added Gandari.
and economic collapse has for over a decade forced hundreds of thousands
of Zimbabweans to seek better fortunes across the border. In South
Africa alone, it’s believed that there are between two and
three million Zimbabweans living and working.
an official with the South Africa based Zimbabwe
Exiles Forum, said the organisation has also witnessed a significant
increase in the numbers of Zim nationals seeking their assistance
since the elections. She told SW Radio Africa that high unemployment
and safety fears are the key factors forcing people to leave their
would rather find work in South Africa, even though it’s really
not easy here. Plus, there’s still uncertainty about the political
situation and that all drives people away,” Zimbudzana said.
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