“They’re Weary, Children Are Restless,” Govt Officials Speak On Returnees Stuck In Beitbridge

Junior government officials at the Beitbridge quarantine centre have said that returnees from South Africa are stuck in Beitbridge due to shortage of buses to ferry them to their respective provinces.

They told the Standard that the delay in the provision of transport has left some returnees in a sorry state. One of the officials said:

Buses are not readily available and this is the cause of delay. These people are weary and children are restless.

There are no sleeping facilities. We also do not have enough food for the crowds and something must be done fast.

The remarks are a reiteration of earlier reports which said that Beitbridge was not prepared to cater for all the expected returnees.

Meanwhile, more citizens are expected to return from South Africa where life has become unbearable due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

The South African government does not provide food assistance to foreigners who now find it better to return to their home countries.