The South African government is engaging its Zimbabwean counterparts to discuss the impact of Harare's decision to implement restrictions on imports of basic goods from South Africa.

The move by Harare sparked violence at the Beitbridge Bridge border crossing this past week resulting in the temporary closure of one of Africa's busiest border posts.

Protests erupted when people expressed their anger over a new ban on imports. The protesters set a warehouse belonging to the State Revenue Authority of Zimbabwe on fire.

Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said Tuesday that Pretoria was engaging the Zimbabwean authorities to prevent disruptions at the Beitbridge border post.

"Zimbabwe remains one of our strategic partners in the region. We would continue to engage Zimbabwe in pursuit of an amicable solution, because this does not only affect South Africa but several other countries that use Beitbridge."

Source: Nam News Network