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23 Dec 2020
9:27 am

Zimbabwean national dies after collapsing at Beitbridge border post

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Former public protector Thuli Madonsela has called on NGOs to help out with food and water at the SA border with Zimbabwe.

People heading to Zimbabwe queue up at Beitbridge border post in Musina, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images

A Zimbabwean national died after collapsing at the Beitbridge border post in Limpopo on Tuesday.

According to eNCA, the bus she was on had been in transit since Monday.

Those who were in the bus with her said she complained of fatigue and dizziness and asked passengers to pray for her. She died as she was receiving medical attention.

The driver of the bus told eNCA: “She came in front of the bus and said she’s feeling dizzy because it was a bit hot inside the bus. She said she wanted to go out of the bus where there is fresh air. When she was about to step down, she collapsed.

“Me and another lady helped her and we gave her water. We also poured water on her so she could feel refreshed. As time went by, it was like she was feeling better. She then got outside the bus. When she got back, she couldn’t go inside the bus. She sat outside for fresh air. Then other ladies got off the bus and started praying for her and pouring water on her. But as time went by she just lost consciousness.”

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Pictures and videos of traffic congestion spanning 15km at the border post have been circulating on social media, with people questioning if any Covid-19 regulations were being followed and calling on the South African and Zimbabwean governments to attend to the matter.

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela said: “We’ve just heard that this boarder to Zimbabwe matter has become a humanitarian emergency. @ThumaFoundation source says three people have died. No water, no food for people and small children that have been in the queue since Sunday and earlier.”

These are some of the reactions on social media:

Compiled by Vhahangwele Nemakonde

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