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More staff deployed to Beitbridge

There are high traffic volumes at the Beitbridge border post as Zimbabweans head home for Christmas.

The Beitbridge border post. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Additional staff have been deployed to assist at Beitbridge Border Post to Zimbabwe to deal with extremely high traffic volumes.

This comes after the N1 highway to Beitbridge saw a traffic jam on Saturday night with a convoy of vehicles stretching to about 12kms.

The South African Border Control Operational Coordinating Committee (BCOCC) says that they are processing about 30,000 vehicles a day, but things are running better.

The BCOCC's Patrick Moeng says, "We are currently able to deal with the high traffic volume because we have enough resources on the ground."

Most Zimbabweans are going home ahead of Christmas on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Moeng adds that their biggest problem remains the Lebombo Border Post to Mozambique in Mpumalanga.

He says the post is experiencing an unprecedented number of passengers.

"As of [Saturday] we were processing more than 26,000 people a day which is close to 7,000 more than last year."

Motorists have been asked to remain patient as officials handle the high passenger volumes.