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Extra staff deployed to Beitbridge border post

An immigration office at the border says they were working to increase efficiency at all borders.

FILE: Zimbabwean shoppers return to their home town Beitbridge after Christmas shopping in South African border town of Musina. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe's revenue authority says it's deployed extra staff to Beitbridge to handle the influx of travellers this festive season.

Beitbridge crowds have become an unwelcome feature at this time of the year, when thousands of Zimbabweans resident in South Africa make their way home for the holidays.

Senior official in the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, Florence Jambwa, has told the Chronicle newspaper that additional staff have been deployed at Beitbridge to cope with increased traffic.

An immigration officer at the border, Francis Mabika, says the authorities are trying to increase efficiency not just at Beitbridge but at all of Zimbabwe's crossing points.

Some unhappy travellers from South Africa have been opting to travel through Plumtree to avoid Beitbridge.

During public holidays the border becomes a chaotic mix of motorists, buses and trucks.

South Africa's Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has also assured travellers that South Africa's border posts, including Beitbridge, will operate with extra staff.