SA warns Zim border jumpers

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By Farayi Machamire

South Africa (SA)’s Health department has warned Zimbabweans — among other countries’ nationals — against using the Limpopo River to cross in and out of the country, as they risk drowning.

This comes as four adults died after they were swept away by the massive crocodile-infested river while crossing to Vhembe on Wednesday evening.

In the past, many suspected border jumpers have drowned in the river while attempting to illegally cross to or from Zimbabwe near Musetshe area in Beitbridge — about 60 kilometres east of the border town.

The illegal crossings normally increase in January.

Pictures of Zimbabweans stranded on the Zimbabwean side attempting to cross into SA have gone viral on social media.

The number of Zimbabweans swept away while using the illegal route is yet to be determined.

The illegal crossing method is known as “dabulap”.

Limpopo Department of Health spokesperson Derick Kganyago paid tribute to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Rescue personnel who joined forces with the South African Police Service and the military in numerous search and rescue efforts over the past week.

“There are reports of people having been swept away by heavy currents of the river in various parts of the province and our teams are working tirelessly to bring them to safety,” he told South African media.

With the increased rainfall over the past week, the river’s levels have gone up with strong flowing currents and the Limpopo River is also crocodile infested, further posing a risk to the lives of those illegally using the river to cross into the province.

Kganyago says the department is concerned about the public health impact that is being posed.

“At this time of the year, the risk of infection from cholera and typhoid and other waterborne diseases is high,” he added.

It is unclear why Zimbabweans continue to use the methods when Zimbabwean passports have become relatively easy to access.

But it remains to be seen what action, if any, the Zimbabwean authorities will take. Daily News

  • Vozozvitaura nhasi.ndookupenga ka uku.kubva rini mazimba achiwambuka nerwizi irworu.zvakangofanana.

  • Ndato crosser masikati. It’s safer to cross now since magumaguma nemasoja vari kutya kutorwa nemvura kkkkkk

  • Zimbabwe yakangofanana negame park ineshumba saka people can risk kupinda mumvura than kudyiwa neshumba!

    • Nekuchipa kwaita passport here 53 bond chete,kkkkkkkk plus,kwadzinorohwa matumbu ndokwadzino mhanyira,

    • joshua 95% yema pasport asina permit akabhanwa kupinda muSA

    • kunyepa iwe

    • Not all people can afford that much

    • Shamwari pasprt imwe inenge ine penalty ye 500$ inodiwa kuembassy. Driver webhazi anokuudza kuti yako haigadzirike. Apa vana varikuda schoolfees ne rent. Unopedzesera waita woiza limpopo

  • Ko passport hamuzive kwadzotorwa nhy

  • Saka vanhu ava varikuomera $53.00 yekutora passport and in two weeks inenge yabuda

    • Mweya yekuda kufa inenge ichavadana

    • Passport ino overstayer mukoma

    • Let’s say urikuenda cape Town wopiwa 6 days dzopera urimu road

    • chirikudiwa kufamba safe tese tine ma passport aka over stayer ukapa driver 800 anokugadzirisira hama pfungwa shoma ini last time ndakatopinda ndisina kudindisa passport cos ndakai spoiler nechidhura chepermit 1000 rangu now ndrimo mudurban mapurisa 2 chete akapihwa ma 100 kusvika kuno

    • Zviri nani kupiwa 6days ndofamba zvakana panekuisa life yangu pa danger

    • They wont drown.they know their game i guess

    • Its about work permit. Passport vanadzo but kune vamoshandako vasati vave nemawrk permits ukapiwa 3Wks unotogara uripama boarder kuti idhindwe futhi, vanenge vakungoshandira bhazi to n frm , so they prefare kufa vapinda nemumvura panekupihwa 3wks . kuRisker chaiko

    • @ Jays Mangena izvozvi ndigere kuno Durban handina work permit ndinongoenda kumba every year ndichidzoka zvakanaka. Chinodiwa kufamba zvakanaka ukatongo darika pa boarder zvatovharana

  • Use passports to travel it’s safe and avoid risking your lives.

  • Unoshamisika kuti munhu anorisker upenyu hwake to go for exploytation varikushandei kuSA 100R pazuva zvakafana neasinga shandi

  • toita sei ivo vaka isa passport red stamp ye5yrs burn obvious kutoita izvozvo .

  • This is the most redundant warning. You think people do not know that they can potentially drown or be eaten by crocodiles?

  • Kusina mai kunerima hapana yekutamba

  • create employment..in 3 months you hv to be back when you use a passport

  • Beware of crocodile at river . I was very afraid n last time I saw big crocodile . Yoooh .its better have passports book than river border

  • I avoid river border

  • Better you put foot bridges there for better coz pple will stop at nothing.

  • Umwe munhu atobhadharwa kuudza vanhu kuti chnjerai kunyura mumvura. South Africa nxaaa. Inoti nhamo haikonzeresi here?

  • South africa dai mabvisa zvema pasipoto vanhu vangoita kupfuura kunge vari kuenda kumbare

  • Hapana kusiri kufa, kugara kuzim nekucrosser Limpopo same same. Zvirinani kufa uchizama zvimwe

  • Asi Joni yatanga nhasi here??pple have been drowning all these yrs and everybody knows that,rather drown trying than kusuffer for nothing in Zim

  • Pangooma hapo

  • If u cared so much about them why dont u fix the country you destroyed so dat they wont drown?. Its because of that shit zanu leaders