The Home Office has dismissed allegations that border guards are turning away Zimbabweans wishing to return home when they reach the Beitbridge border post.
“Border guards are carrying out access control duties at the Beitbridge border post and they are directing Zimbabweans wishing to return to their country of origin to the appropriate queues so that they can be documented in accordance with the law. on immigration,” the department said.
This further means that they have to be fingerprinted and their demographic details taken.
“No one will be allowed to cross our border without papers. There are no exceptions in this respect, whether you pass through a land port, a seaport or an airport. It is whatever your nationality,” said Home Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.
Border guards have been trained in border control processes. One of the modules of their training included the process to follow when people want to leave the country but do not have clearance documents.
“There is no way that South Africa is denying anyone to return home. But likewise, South Africa cannot allow anyone to enter and leave the country without it being registered. nowhere,” the department said.
(With contributions from the South African government press release)