The decision by the South African government to close 20 land border posts has sparked a debate among different sectors of society.
Shelters for displaced foreign nationals in and around Musina, Limpopo, say they are overwhelmed with requests to take in stranded Zimbabweans.
The Department of Home Affairs says that traffic congestion at the Beitbridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe has been cleared.
Foreign nationals continue to cross the full and crocodile-infested Limpopo River along the borderline between Zimbabwe and South Africa. This is despite an incident in which three people are said to have drowned on Monday.
Traffic volumes at the Beit Bridge Border Post in Limpopo are rising as travellers head home for festive holidays. Traffic was backed up for as far 12 kilometres between Musina and the border post.