It is a trade-off. Officials from the local side can enter South Africa to buy mealie-meal freely whereas their South African counterparts enter to buy petrol at will.
This was noted at t he Ngwenya- Oshoek Border Gate on Wednesday just before noon. On reaching the Swazi side, instead of submitting a gate pass and the road tax of E50, South African registered vehicles driven by border officials from the South African side are allowed entry without a problem.
“They usually come in the evenings or early mornings,” a petrol attendant at the Galp Filling Station situated about 100 metres before the Ngwenya Border said. He said the neighbouring country’s officials were popular after kombis as they usually filled their vehicles.
“They boost the business because if we relied on the locals only, we would have only half of the current sales,” the officer said, adding that they were the only alternative seeing as the next filling station in South Africa was located over 20 km away in Lochiel.
“Our petrol any case, just is,” he said. is cheaper in as their meal
The paramedics leaving the scene.