Zimbabwe border fence that was constructed at a total cost of R 37 million to protect against the influx of Zimbabweans has been called a joke by border jumpers and smugglers.
The smugglers revealed that they take only 5 minutes to cut the fence to smuggle goods and people in to South Africa.
“This is not a fence,” laughed Busani Sibanda, moments after crossing the Limpopo River into SA.
“This thing doesn’t even take me five minutes to cut through. We make big holes so we can get suitcases with cigarettes through and small ones so we can get people and groceries through.”
Soldiers who patrol the fence admit they are fighting a losing battle trying to stem the flow of people across the border.
So far the department of public works has paid R21m to Magwa Construction for the 40km fence. At 1.8m high, it consists of six rolls of coiled razor wire and a razor wire grid.