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Beitbridge border pedestrian robberies on the rise
Custom officials stand at the entrance of Beitbridge border post as taxi drives past to Zimbabwe with truck gate on its left without cargo. PHOTO:ANA

Beitbridge border pedestrian robberies on the rise

June 29 2017 – DESPITE the heavy presence of both SA and Zimbabwean security personnel, there has been an increase in the number of pedestrians being robbed while crossing Beitbridge Border Post.

Beitbridge  Senator Tambudzani Mohadi has expressed concern over the safety of people who cross the Beitbridge Border Post on foot after a Zimbabwean man was robbed and fatally stabbed before being thrown off the bridge last Tuesday.

“It is difficult to understand and I am going to take it up with responsible authorities, I cannot see how,” Mohadi said yesterday while addressing close to 4 000 mourners, mostly Beitbridge residents, at the deceased Dennis Masera’s burial. “If the men deployed to guard the bridge were doing their work, they would have been able to account for the robbers.”

Police and other security details from both Zimbabwe and South Africa, including armed military personnel, provide 24-hour security at the historic 472-metre steel girder bridge, where Masera met his fate while on his way to work.

 

The bridge holds the only direct rail link between South Africa and Zimbabwe and is now reserved for pedestrians following the erection of the wider New Limpopo Toll Bridge. – NewsDay

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