BEITBRIDGE – A Zimbabwean woman and two children have drowned after their boat capsized in the crocodile-infested Limpopo River while trying cross to South Africa on Wednesday. Some of the passengers on the ferry survived the tragedy, but now face a sombre Christmas without their loved ones.
The boat they were using to cross the flooded Limpopo river is alleged to have capsized a few meters from the river bank. According to an eyewitness who spoke to Newzroom Afrika, the woman and her daughter were the first to be swept away by the strong currents when tragedy struck.
However, some of the passengers are lucky to be alive as they survived the tragic accident.
Scores of desperate Zimbabweans usually use the illegal route and risk their lives to cross into South Africa to look for greener pastures. Just a few weeks ago a woman fell in the crocodile-infested Limpopo river but she managed to safely swim to the river bank after the incident.
Meanwhile, there is a traffic jam at Beitbridge Border Post, truck drivers and other motorists are getting stuck for days on either side of the border. A woman is reported to have collapsed and died after waiting for hours in a queue to cross into Zimbabwe.