A South African minister on Monday requested the army to increase security measures, as unknown individuals destroyed part of a 40-kilometer (25 miles) fence erected along its border with Zimbabwe.

“I have requested that the Department of Defense increase security measures as reinforcement to protect our borders especially during the COVID 19 pandemic,’’ Minister of Public Works Patricia de Lille said in statement posted on Twitter.

Last month, South Africa started constructing the fence at Beit Bridge, a land border with its neighbor Zimbabwe.

On Monday morning, South Africans woke up to shock with a picture on the social

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