Transporters intending to transit through South Africa’s Lebombo Border Post on the N4 Maputo Corridor are advised that protest action by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to disrupt flow at this crossing today.
A poster distributed via social media says the action is aimed at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) whom the EFF accuses of corruption.
The Transit Assistance Bureau yesterday shared a comment that appears to be a response from a Sars official regarding a meeting that was held with EFF officials on Saturday.
In addition to party representatives, the meeting was also attended by clearing agents working from Komatipoort.
The Sars official said: “I just want to emphasise that Sars has its own platform with stakeholders and will not address issues through political parties.”
It said any issues that a political party had with the tax authority should be taken up with Sars’ head office, and not by protesting at a border.
The official added that not only was Sars aware of the EFF’s planned protest action at Lebombo, but that local and provincial law enforcement agencies had an action plan to ensure that trade facilitation was not negatively impacted.
“It will be business as usual and law enforcement will control the march accordingly.”
* This is a developing story and will be updated as more information comes in.