Border Security

Lesotho and SA hold summit to clamp down on cross-border crime

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South African police minister Bheki Cele is widely seen as one of the most public members of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet being present at...

“Unmanaged migration” a concern for SA local government body

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South Africa’s local government representative body is concerned about what it terms “unmanaged migration” with a summit on the topic just held in Polokwane. The...

ISS: UK seems ready to return its ‘last African colony’

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Could the protracted dispute over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean finally be drawing to a close? Britain steadfastly insisted for decades that...

Portfolio committee confident BMA will make April operationalisation deadline

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With just over three weeks before month-end and the 1 April date set for the latest addition to South Africa’s security architecture – the...

Illegal immigrants stopped, contraband seized on SA land borders in February

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The number of Zimbabweans illegally entering South Africa regularly tops the list of “undocumented persons” intercepted by soldiers with February no exception when the...

BMA guards and police enforce law at ports of entry

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A Parliamentary question posed by an Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) public representative shed some light on the functions of border guards, newcomers to the...

KZN premier commits to stopping cross-border crime

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KwaZulu-Natal has the distinction of being one of two South African provinces bordering two neighbouring countries adding demonstrably to its exposure to cross-border crime. Recognition...

US Coast Guard cutter interdicts illegal drugs shipment in Arabian Sea

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A US Coast Guard ship seized illegal drugs with a street value of $20 million from a fishing vessel with four mariners transiting international...

Hawks, SARS seize R30 million worth of illicit cigarettes

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National Hawks Head, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, has commended the Directorate’s Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team for seizing R30 million worth of suspected illicit...

Ilemi Triangle spat: how resources fuel East Africa’s border conflicts

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For decades, African states have grappled with numerous interstate border disputes, especially in resource-rich regions. In east Africa, most of these conflicts are as...

SANDF soldiers recover more stolen vehicles

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on Operation Corona border protection duty have recovered more stolen vehicles that thieves were attempting to smuggle...

ISS: An ocean of weapons – arms smuggling to Somalia

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On 6 January, United States (US) command forces intercepted a dhow in international waters between Iran to Yemen carrying over 2 000 AK-47 assault...

Rhino poachers targeted KZN rather than Kruger last year

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The concern expressed about rhino poaching in KwaZulu-Natal by the national forestry, fisheries and environment minister mid-last year turned into fact with the province...

Soldiers net stolen vehicles, contraband and illegal immigrants in January

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Vehicle theft and export to neighbouring countries is seemingly a “growth sector” if recoveries by soldiers and police is any measure. Official SA National Defence...

SAPS pounces on illicit cigarette smugglers

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Police in Limpopo have pounced on six suspects who were caught loading illicit cigarettes from a gas tanker onto two cargo trucks in Toitskraal...

SANDF soldiers recover more stolen vehicles

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Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have recovered another three stolen vehicles that criminals were intent on taking out of the...

Corona ops net five stolen vehicles

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South African infantry soldiers deployed on border protection duties have recovered vehicles, including a Volvo tractor/trailer, valued at over R4 million to date in...

Ugandan troops doing good work – land force commander

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The commander of the land force of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) told a passing-out parade of Gombolola internal security officers (GISOs) at...

US, SA task team to combat financing of wildlife trafficking

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As part of her meeting with South African officials, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen, has announced a commitment between the U.S. Department...

SANParks welcomes sentencing of poachers

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Management at the South African National Parks (SANParks) has welcomed the sentences handed down by the Skukuza Regional Court to two Mozambican nationals convicted...

Jozini Dam visitors shot at by alleged elephant poachers

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When releasing poaching statistics mid-last year, Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy pointed out a shift from previous prime poaching areas to KwaZulu-Natal...

SANDF soldiers recover multiple stolen vehicles

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Criminals continue to smuggle stolen vehicles out of South Africa, but South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers yet again thwarted some of these...

Guns, drugs and illegal immigrants all in a day’s work for SANDF soldiers

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on Operation Corona border patrol are being kept busy into the new year, with multiple successes reported. Soldiers...

Illegal wildlife trade continues to threaten African elephants

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Illegal killing for ivory continues to threaten African elephants. To help guide responses to the ongoing poaching, a study by the University of Cape...

Lie detector tests coming for SANParks rangers

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South Africa’s premier conservation agency – SANParks – will implement polygraph testing for “certain job categories” as another component of ongoing efforts to combat...

French warship seizes illegal drugs in North Arabian Sea

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A French warship has seized illegal drugs worth a total estimated US street value of $24 million from a fishing vessel transiting international waters...

Parliamentarians see year-end port of entry operations

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Parliamentarians serving on the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs (PCHA) made time over the just finished year-end to visit two of South Africa’s busiest...

ISS: Instability fuels North Africa’s illegal tobacco trade

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The trafficking of tobacco is a multibillion-dollar business worldwide. One of the major global smuggling routes flows through the Balkans in Eastern Europe to...

Soldiers stop six thousand plus illegal immigrants in December

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The presence of soldiers to, amongst others, deter and prevent illegal immigration on South Africa’s landward borders, appears to be working when taking latest...

Call for regular rhino poaching statistics

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One who has strong feelings about the lack of regular updates on rhino poaching in South Africa is Dave Bryant, Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow...

Seven years jail for Kruger rangers guilty of poaching-related actions

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More than three years after two Kruger National Park field rangers were nabbed with an unlicensed firearm and “other poaching-related items”, the wheel turned...

SARS seizes R5 mn worth of Mandrax manufacturing substance

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South African Revenue Service (SARS) Customs officers have seized a substance used to manufacture the drug Mandrax. This seizure happened while the officers where inspecting...

Another busy month for SANDF soldiers on border protection duty

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Regular and Reserve Force soldiers by and large continue working to the best of their ability with limited support to stop the continued inflow...

Portfolio committee hears BMA ready for year-end

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With year-end and its associated increased cross-border movement of people fast approaching efforts to ensure it happens effectively and efficiently are welcomed by Parliament’s...

Border Guards rack up first successes

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Border Management Authority (BMA) Border Guards have already recorded a number of successes since being deployed to safeguard South Africa’s borders, including recovering stolen...

SANParks welcomes rhino poacher’s jail sentence

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The South African National Parks (SANParks) has welcomed the heavy sentencing of a rhino poacher by the Skukuza Regional Court, to a total of...

US Navy intercepts explosive material bound for Yemen

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The US Navy has intercepted a large quantity of explosive materials being smuggled from Iran to Yemen along with what it describes as other...

More stolen vehicles recovered by SANDF soldiers on border patrol

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Vehicle smugglers failed in their attempts to smuggle nearly half a dozen vehicles out of South Africa after South African National Defence Force (SANDF)...

Financial crime tops Southern Africa wrongdoing list

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The largest criminal activity in Southern Africa is financial crime, accounting for 43% of all reported crime in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). This...

Big cigarette bust for SANDF border patrol soldiers

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Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on border protection duty have seized two vehicles loaded with illicit cigarettes after receiving a...

Explosives smuggler handed 15-year sentence

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI/Hawks) in Limpopo has welcomed the 15-year prison sentence handed to explosives smuggler, Alois Kamwaza. The Musina Magistrate’s Court...

Illegal immigrants, smugglers are all Op Corona targets

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) border protection tasking executed under Operation Corona in October continued to impact smuggling all manner of goods, including...

SAPS seize R18 mn assets, more suspects arrested in drugs haul case

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Western Cape has seized assets valued at over R18 million owned by suspects linked to a...

On the hunt for counter-poaching technology

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Retired South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Major General Johan Jooste used the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2022 exhibition in Pretoria to...

SARS operations net millions in illicit goods

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Several joint operations have seen the South African Revenue Service (SARS) confiscate millions of rands worth of illegal or illicit goods. The joint operations were...

Illegal weapons flowing back into Sahel

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Extremist groups are again trafficking weapons from Libya and other sources into the Sahel, signaling a potential escalation of violence. Analysts say the increase...

Technology needed as border protection force multiplier

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Technological innovation is needed if the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) border protection tasking is to “enhance” work executed under the Operation Corona mandate. Parliament’s...

Porous Lesotho/SA border a concern

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A porous land border between the Free State and Lesotho is not only an illegal immigration and smuggling problem, but it also raises concerns...

BMA coming up short

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Using specially recruited and trained Border Management Authority (BMA) border guards for “access control” is another example of many shortcomings in government’s border management...

Border patrols prevent illegal export of 24 vehicles

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Soldiers patrolling South Africa’s land borders confiscated drugs, mostly dagga, and other contraband with a total value of over R9 million from smugglers aiming...