ZIMBABWEAN CLAMPDOWN STRANGLES BEITBRIDGE BORDER

Pretoria, 1 July 2016 – A group of South African traders staged a protest at the Beitbridge border following a clampdown on trade with South African businesses by the Zimbabwean authorities.
 
There was a 5 hour blockade between 9am and 1pm that brought traffic to a halt.
 
The matter was resolved when South African Revenue Service, South African Police Service and Department of Home Affairs officials held negotiations with the leaders of the group.
 
The meeting agreed that the grievances of the South African traders will be presented to the Department of Trade & Industry to take up the matter with Zimbabwean authorities.
 
SARS wishes to commend South African officials for the speedy resolution of the matter that was occasioned by the attitude of the Zimbabwean authorities.