South Africa to Construct a 25-Mile Fence on the Border with Zimbabwe

President Cyril Ramaphosa Has Ordered Closure of 35 of 53 Entry Points

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The authorities in South Africa have announced plans to construct a 25-mile fence on the border with Zimbabwe in a bid to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering the country

Patricia de Lille, the public works minister, said the border fence will be erected on either side of the Beitbridge Land Port of Entry.

The announcement comes shortly after President Cyril Ramaphosa ordered 35 of 53 land entry points to be closed in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus. The country has reported 202 confirmed cases of the virus and no deaths.

The 40km fence is expected to be completed within one month, de Lille said.