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International Relations Dept intervenes in Zimbabwe

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says SA is doing its best to resolve the dispute over Zimbabwe's new restrictive laws.

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that South Africa is working to resolve issues around Zimbabwe's strict new import regulations that have sparked clashes at the Beitbridge border post.

Cross border traders have been protesting against the Zimbabwean government's decision to limit the import of South African goods.

The long list of products retailers can no longer bring in freely from South Africa include bottled water, furniture and steel goods.

Nkoana-Mashabane said that South Africa was doing its best to resolve the current dispute over Zimbabwe's new restrictive laws.

"Zimbabwe remains one of our strategic partners in the region."

She said that the changes don't only affect South Africa but other countries that also use the border post.

"Beitbridge is the busiest post in the whole of Southern Africa and is a place where goods flow between south Africa and countries."

Protests flared up on both sides of the Beitbridge border post on Friday and angry residents burned down a warehouse.