Motsoaledi: Over 50 foreign nationals tried to enter SA with fake COVID results

Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has visited the border post where nationals from Zimbabwe and other countries north of the Limpopo are seeking to enter.

The Beitbridge border post between South African and Zimbabwe. Picture: @HomeAffairsSA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Monday said it was not clear if there were syndicates selling fake COVID-19 tests to foreign nationals returning to work but at least 50 such tests were found at the Beitbridge Border Post with Zimbabwe.

Minister Motsoaledi has visited the border post where nationals from Zimbabwe and other countries north of the Limpopo are seeking to enter.

“We don't know whether it’s a syndicate, but we just find a lot of COVID-19 tests that are not authentic, and we confiscate them.”

Thousands of workers from Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Mozambique are returning but they are required to have COVID-19 tests that are not more 72 hours old.

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At the Ficksburg border with Lesotho, gates were closed temporarily earlier as many of the travellers who wanted to pass through overwhelmed officials there.

Motsoaledi said security had been increased along borders to prevent illegal crossings.

“Part of our plan was to identify areas where people have a tendency to cross illegally into South Africa whether through the river or through the fence or any other part of the border line - those areas are known.”

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Port health is also ensuring that all travellers are tested before entry and that the tests are authentic.

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