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Municipality's plan to deal with possible Zim influx

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Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The Musina municipality in Limpopo has outlined its contingency plans to deal with a possible influx of Zimbabweans to and from South Africa after last week's elections in that country.

Municipal spokesman Wilson Dzebu said they had identified an area in Musina where they would put up temporary tents to accommodate people.

Community halls, schools and churches would also be used as temporary accommodation.

"We have concluded talks with government departments to help keep the situation under control," Dzebu said.

"The department of safety and security in conjunction with the SAPS will help keep the situation under control, while at the same time ensuring that no crime prevailed on South African soil."

The department of health in conjunction with the Musina Hospital would help provide medical aid to the sick.

Home Affairs would also be on hand to register those in need of permits and other vitalities, Dzebu said.

He said some of the police divers would be stationed along the Limpopo River to make sure that lives were saved in the event of an influx taking place.

The river has over the years claimed the lives of many people who were trying to cross into South Africa illegally.

Micheal Malindi, communications officer of the Beit Bridge border post, said the number of people crossing into Zimbabwe had doubled since Good Friday compared with last year's count during the same period.


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