Zim man dies at Beit Bridge border

2012-12-23 16:29

Johannesburg - A 34-year-old Zimbabwean man died at the Beit Bridge border to Zimbabwe on Sunday, the border control operation co-ordinating committee (BCOCC) said.

BCOCC spokesperson Patrick Moeng said the man died at 10:00 of natural causes.

"He was [coming] from a medical check up in South Africa travelling by bus."

He said the man asked to be escorted to the bathroom but collapsed and died between the bus and the bathroom.

"Due processes will be followed for him to be transported back home."

Moeng said on Monday, a woman gave birth to twins at the border and on Tuesday another woman gave birth there.

"They were incident-free births. Both the babies and mothers were in good health."

Moeng said they were experiencing high volumes of travellers compared to last year.

"Last year by this time we processed about 19 000 people. Now we have processed over 30 000...It is hectic but we are coping."

He said the long queue stretching to 20km at Lebombo border to Mozambique on Saturday had been reduced by midday on Sunday.

"We experienced high volumes on Saturday. Most of the travellers processed were mineworkers heading home."

Moeng said at the Beit Bridge border, traffic stretched up to Musina. He appealed to motorists to obey road rules.

"We are doing our best to process people, we have brought in additional staff and resources," he said.

  • vimla.naidoo.52 - 2012-12-23 16:47

    As hulle in is close the gate

  • infijar.ken - 2012-12-23 18:09

    Old man dies, babies born! What is this story about? Long queues?

  • MUFHENI - 2012-12-23 18:14


      Aaron Russells - 2012-12-23 18:39

      some people are just ignorant! Zimbabwe isn't oceans away,crossing the boarder doesn't mean you're some illegal immigrants .We have relatives and friends living in both sides.South africans and Zimbabweans .

  • Spha - 2012-12-23 20:11

    africa is for africans n all those who live in it,let us not be separated by man-made dermacations,my condolences goes out to his loved ones.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-23 21:22

      Really now. How do you suppose the tribes that make up Southern Africa ended up here? They just went on a long walk? Tribes and nationalities continue to persecute and attempt destroy each other today. All over Africa. This idea of Africanism is only a reaction Colonialism. There's still little evidence of Africanism since the Colonialists were kicked out. Nothing has changed

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