Pandor turns focus to border gate delays

2013-08-06 21:55
Naledi Pandor (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Badplaas - Delays at the Oshoek border gate between Mpumalanga and Swaziland will be examined for a solution, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said in Badplaas on Tuesday.

A Sapa correspondent reported that Pandor visited the border gate before meeting the community of Nhlazatje, near Badplaas, on Tuesday.

She was concerned that it took too long to process trucks passing through the border, and that vendors' stalls were too close to the border gate.

"What we found at the border is that the processing machines take time, which makes trucks wait long.

"The vendor stalls are also too close to the processing area; they need to be moved," she said.

Pandor said her department would work to speed up the border gate's operations.

She said Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza had been asked to help move the vendors elsewhere.

Mabuza expressed concern about families, originally from Mozambique and Swaziland, who did not have the necessary documentation.

"Minister, we have people from Swaziland and Mozambique who came here long ago," he said.

"They have had children, but in their house no one has any documents."

This meant that when the children matriculated, they could not be helped as they had neither ID books nor birth certificates.

"We can't chase these people away, where will they go?"

Mabuza asked Pandor to raise the matter with Cabinet.

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