A group of Zimbabweans based in South Africa marched to their embassy in Pretoria on Tuesday to demand the right to vote in the next election. PHOTO: Jonisayi Maromo/ANA

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Home affairs increases staff at border with Zimbabwe

JOHANNESBURG, July 27 – The South African department of home affairs has increased staff at the Beitbridge border post in anticipation of a high number of Zimbabweans traveling home ahead of the neighbouring country’s national elections.

”An additional 37 officials have been deployed to Beitbridge from 26 July to 3 August 2018 to beef up existing human resource capacity. This comes within the context of the determination and commitment of the department to ensure delivery of professional immigration services as part of our responsibility to facilitate movement of people, goods and services smoothly during this period,” the department said on Friday.

Zimbabweans will head to the polls on Monday, July 30 to vote for a new leadership in the post-Robert Mugabe era. The forerunners in the race are Zanu-PF’s Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa. (ANA)

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