Christmas holiday visitors decrease

The number of people passing through SA’s ports of entry this festive season has decreased.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Home Affairs on Tuesday said the number of people passing through South Africa's ports of entry this festive season had decreased by three percent from the previous year.

It said about 2.8 million people had passed through immigration since the beginning of December.

Department spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said the figure included both South Africans and foreign nationals.

He said O.R. Tambo International Airport, Beitbridge, Oshoek and Cape Town International Airport were some of the ports with the highest reported traffic.

He said Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor reiterated her wishes to those travelling to the country to have "smooth and safe" journeys.