PRETORIA– South African Home Affairs (Interior) Mnister Malusi Gigaba says additional staff will be deployed at the the Maseru border post between Lesotho and South Africa for the Easter holidays when large numbers of travellers are expected.
Gigaba went to the busiest ports at Maseru and Ficksburg Thursday in response to a Pretoria meeting with Lesotho Foreign Affairs officials and reports that Lesotoho’s King Letsie III was ill-treated by officials at the border.
Both the border post visits by Gigaba and the promise by South African International Relations and Co-operation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to apologise personally to the King are intended to avert a planned shutdown of borders next week.
Large numbers of workers from Lesotho are expected to return to the Mountain Kingdom during the long Easter weekend break. Lesotho is a landlocked country completely surrounded by South Africa.
Gigaba pleaded for patience after complaints from protestors about under-staffing and individual fingerprinting at the border post which cause delays. He said once bio-metric data are shared between the two countries, the fingerprinting and stamping of passports would be stopped for trusted travellers.
He added that in the next 18 months, the Department of Home Affairs will overhaul infrastructure at the main ports, and pleaded for patience.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK