HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean and South African border control
authorities have intensified their coordination to reduce
congestion at the Beitbridge border post as thousands of
Zimbabweans flock back home for the festive season.
immigration officer in charge of Beitbridge (Zimbabwe) Nqobile
Ncube said that they had since harmonized operations with their
South African counterparts for the period from Dec. 15 to Jan.
15, state media the Herald newspaper reported Wednesday.
He said the volume
of incoming traffic had relatively increased and they expected
it to surge until Christmas Eve.
Zimbabweans make up
the largest group of immigrants in South Africa with estimates
ranging from 1 million to 5 million.
He advised travelers
to travel early to avoid the last-minute rush.
border post, which is one of the busiest inland ports in
Southern Africa, is usually heavily congested during the festive
season as immigration and customs officials struggle to cope
with the influx of people.
South Africa police probing two
killings linked to suspected xenophobia
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
South African police are investigating
murder charges after two men were burnt to death in Durban last
spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala told Xinhua on Monday, “Two
bodies of unknown men were found burnt at Nkangala area, Adams
Mission. The deceased are unknown and the DNA tests will be
It is alleged that
the bodies belong to two foreigners named Alex Msambya and
Claude Mazuruza. They were believed to be beaten to death and
set alight by community members.
Network (Asonet) Secretary General Daniel Dunia told Xinhua that
while the DNA tests are yet to be finalized, the families of the
deceased have positively identified them.
“After looking for
them, their families identified their remains at the mortuary.
We are still in the dark about why they were burnt, but we know
this is xenophobia related. Foreigners have been burnt in other
cases,” Dunia said.
Both men had been
living in South Africa for over five years. While one was a
refugee, the other was an asylum seeker.
Dunia blamed some
local opposition parties for fueling anti-migrants views, adding
that worrying tensions between locals and foreigners should be
addressed before more people lose their lives.
South Africa has
experienced sporadic xenophobic attacks over the past decade.
More than six people were killed when such attacks broke out in
Kwazulu-Natal in 2015. Thousands of people were displaced, some
had to return to their countries of birth.