De Lille’s fence borders on the ridiculous – not to mention its ...

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De Lille’s fence borders on the ridiculous – not to mention its cost

How can she justify paying R1m a km for a bit of wire that wouldn’t stop a chicken crossing from Zim to SA?

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If it’s true that good fences make good neighbours, then relations between SA and Zimbabwe seem to be at an all-time low.

It all began in the middle of March or, as we remember it now, last century, when public works minister Patricia de Lille announced that her department was spending R37m on 40km of fencing as part of “emergency measures" to beef up security at the Beitbridge border post between the two countries.

Inevitably, that little piece of news was swallowed up and forgotten in the three or four decades that have passed since March. ..

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