Parliamentary Question: Police use of border airstrips

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NATIONAL COUNCIL OF PROVINCES

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO 137

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 16 APRIL 2010
(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 8- 2010)

Date reply submitted : 7 May 2010
137. Mr MW Makhubela (COPE-Limpopo) to ask the Minister of Police:

Whether the police made use of private landing strips along the northern borders of South Africa in order to facilitate effective patrolling of the borders; if not, why not; if so, (a) how many such private landing strips were in existence, (b) how were such strips available, (c) which borders were patrolled this way, (d) how were they (i) resourced and (ii) maintained and (e) how were they (i) monitored and (ii) safeguarded?

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REPLY:
(a) No private landing strips are used by the South African Police Services. However, the following landing strips and heli pads are used by the SAPS Air Wing, during operations on the Northern Borderline:

Madimbo – SANDF landing strip and heli pad.

Musina – Municipal landing strip.

Swartwater – Roads and Transport landing strip and heli pad.

Rooibokkraal – Heli pad.

Pontdrift – Heli pad.
(b) These landing strips and heli pads are made available to SAPS by the owners.
(c) The northern borders at Limpopo, North West and the Kruger National Park are patrolled.
(d) (i) & (ii) These landing strips are resourced and maintained by the lawful owners.
(e) (i) All airstrips and airfields are monitored by the South African Police Service.
(ii) They are safeguarded by the lawful owners.



Reply to question 137 approved by Minister