Zambia issues travel alert for truck drivers traveling to South Africa

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A group of women walk along the main road leading to the Chirundu border post, passing some of the hundreds of trucks which are parked overnight on the roadside awaiting customs clearance. This small settlement on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe is a key transit point on the the trucking route from South Africa through to East Africa and it has become notorious for its congestion as every day hundreds of trucks try to pass through this border. Drivers often end up having to spend days, even weeks in this hot uncomfortable place waiting for their paperwork. It is estimated that there are more than 350 sex workers based in Chirundu who provide services to truck drivers and others and the area is known as a HIV/AIDS transmission hotspot in the region. Often more than 500 vehicles can be parked overnight in the customs yard and on this road leading out of town. (Photo by Gideon Mendel/Corbis via Getty Images)

Zambia’s Ministry of Transport and Communication on Monday issued a travel alert for the country’s truck drivers traveling to South Africa.

FILE PHOTO: A group of women walk along the main road leading to the Chirundu border post on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. (Photo by Gideon Mendel/Corbis via Getty Images)

The alert came in the wake of recent reports of one Zambian truck driver being stabbed while four trucks were burnt in South Africa.

Minister of Transport and Communication Mutotwe Kafwaya said truck drivers should not travel to South Africa until the security situation in that country improves.

He said the Zambian government was currently pursuing the matter with South African authorities using diplomatic channels, adding that the situation was a source of concern as it could affect trade in the region.

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