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Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi justifies land border closures

Aaron Motsoaledi

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, says there was nothing sinister about government’s decision to shut down land borders as South Africa struggles to contain escalating COVID-19 infections.

The government has been criticised, for what many call ‘pleasing whiteness’ when air borders were left untouched. Motsoaledi says the government was acting on information given.

The closure of land borders has been criticised for negatively impacting economic activity in neighbouring countries.

Aaron Motsoaledi

However, the Home Affairs minister, disputes this, saying the borders that have been shut, generate no real business.

“Right from the beginning of the pandemic, even at lockdown level five, when we closed borders, we never closed the economy,” says Motsoaledi.

He says the major border posts are still open for essential goods and travel.

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Source: eNCA