PICS: Chaos at Beit Bridge, warehouse burnt down and border closed!!!!

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The is on going chaos at the Beit Bridge border post, which links South Africa to it’s northern neighbor, Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe government imposed blanket bans on imports from South Africa in an effort to arrest a liquidity crisis that has ravaged the Southern African country on top of the ever worsening economic crisis.

The bans have affected many Zimbabwean citizens who survive through the cross boarder trade business, something that has also benefited South African business owners and service providers who depend on the Zimbabweans in order to earn a living.

EFFECT OF BAN FELT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER

Road from the border post into Zimbabwe has been blocked by large rocks, as protesters express discontent.
Road from the border post into Zimbabwe has been blocked by large rocks, as protesters express discontent.

Affected Zimbabweans banded together in order to protest what they felt was equal to a death sentence by their government, who have blocked their ability to survive in a very difficult country, while those in political spheres continue to grow bigger pot bellies.

Vandalism at the Zimbabwean Side of Beit Bridge
Vandalism at the Zimbabwean Side of Beit Bridge
The main warehouse where the Zimbabwean Revenue Authority stores confiscated good was burnt, with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of goods stored inside.
The main warehouse where the Zimbabwean Revenue Authority stores confiscated good was burnt, with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of goods stored inside.

It is understood that the protests started when the Revenue Authority started confiscating goods from travelers returning to Zimbabwe, without allowing them the opportunity to take their purchases back across the river into South Africa.

Reports suggests that the thousand plus people held up at the border post got violent in protest.

13558599_999218990115704_2618128332551357771_oIt is alleged that South African immigration services have also added fuel to the flames by denying travelling Zimbabweans access into the country. It isn’t yet clear why this is being done.

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