SA deploys more staff at Beitbridge border post ahead Zim polls

2018-07-27 13:55


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The Department of Home Affairs says it has deployed at least 37 additional staff members at Beitbridge border post ahead of Zimbabwe's crunch polls on Monday.

In a statement, the department's spokesperson Thabo Mokgola said the additional staff deployment began on Thursday, July 26 and was expected to end on August 3.

Mokgola said the development was in line with the department's aim of ensuring "delivery of efficient and professional immigration services as part of our responsibility to facilitate the smooth movement of people, goods and services during this period".

Zimbabwe's elections would be the first without former president Robert Mugabe on the ballot paper.

The vote will pit President Emmerson Mnangagwa against a clutch of opponents, including 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa from the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance. 

Mnangagwa has maintained that he is committed to "free and fair elections".

At least 5.5 million people are expected to vote.

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