Beitbridge border calm after protests over import restrictions

Cross-border traders are angry about new restrictions imposed by Zimbabwe to limit the volume of goods.

Picture: Supplied.

HARARE - Reports from Beitbridge border post say the situation is now calm after protesters temporarily shut the border this afternoon.

Cross-border traders are angry about new restrictions imposed by Zimbabwe to limit the volume of goods being brought in from South Africa.

The anger was on both sides of the border post.

Pictures emerging from Beitbridge show rocks strewn across the road.

Crowds of protesters massed this morning on the South African side of the crossing, which is the region's busiest.

State ZBC radio is reporting that cargo trucks carrying restricted goods have been stranded on the South African side because Zimbabwean officials want them to pay $2,000 before they clear their cargo.

Sources at Beitbridge say travellers can get through the border now, but should proceed with caution.

No pass from and to Zimbabwe via Beitbridge today. Border post completely blocked due to protests😯 pic.twitter.com/EAs0JGPlku



The village is burning yet the Chiefs are huddled in a hut sharing money. The Beitbridge revolt #ThisFlag pic.twitter.com/5m2BT8dCP2



Stony silence.The latest situation at Beitbridge Border Post. Pic: courtesy The Chronicle. 👇 pic.twitter.com/GVpuRaa17U



Zimbabweans protesting at the Beitbridge boarder post against these import restrictions right now

👇🏿 #BannedImports pic.twitter.com/qfwLlqeqnT