File: The Beitbridge border post. AFP/Phill Magakoe
PRETORIA - The Home Affairs Department is gearing up for people to return to the country.
It said 160 additional personnel will be deployed to border posts to deal with the expected congestion.
This follows recent delays at the Beitbridge border which led to vehicles queuing for kilometres on several days.
The department says immigration officers and soldiers aren't there to stop people coming into South Africa, but rather to ensure there are no illegal crossings.