Some canoe operators and undocumented foreign nationals have been arrested by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) along the Limpopo River near the Beitbridge Border Post outside Musina in Limpopo.

The canoe operators charge R150 to R200 per person to help cross the full and crocodile-infested Limpopo River into South Africa and Zimbabwe.

SANDF’s Brigadier General Mafi Mugobozi says soldiers are trying their best to stop illegal movement along the border line.

“SANDF is doing its best to prevent such acts. In the past day we have arrested several people using boats to cross to Zimbabwe. At the present moment our soldiers are there doing their best to prevent such acts. But at times it will be one of those things that there will those who are able to cross to Zimbabwe,” adds Mugobozi.

Last week, Parliament’s portfolio committee on Home Affairs expressed concern about the congestion at the Beitbridge border post, citing that it poses a big risk in light of the spread of COVID-19.

This as traffic outside the border was congested, with hundreds of trucks, buses, taxis and small vehicles queuing to get to the port of entry.

In the video below, discussion on the bottle-neck at the Beitbridge Border Post: