Question 1092 for written reply: National Assembly, Mr N D du Toit (DA) to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:
1) Whether she has been informed of the (a) state of and (b) extent of the damage to the (i) border fence and (ii) foot-and-mouth disease barrier fence between KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique; if so, (aa) by whom, (bb) when and (cc) how was she informed;
(2) Whether the information was supported by verifiable documentation; if not, in each case, (a) why not and (b) how did she verify its credibility; if so,
(3) Whether the documentation is available to the public; if not, why not, in each case; if so, where can it be obtained;
(4) Whether her department has taken any steps to repair or re-erect the damaged fences after it was informed of the problem; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(5) Whether she intends to (a) inspect the barrier fence and (b) invite the portfolio committee to accompany her; if not, why not, in each case; if so, (i) when and (ii) what are the further relevant details? NW1214E
(1) No. The responsibility for securing all international borderlines rests with the SANDF as per the recent cabinet resolution. DAFF is in constant liaison with the BCOCC and the newly created Border Management Agency regarding the agricultural needs on South Africa’s borderlines. The negotiations are ongoing and a comprehensive plan will be revealed by the relevant Agency as and when it is available.
(2) Ref to (1) above: N/A
(4) An effort has been made to strengthen and electrify the animal disease control fences along international borders where it was possible and necessary due to non-animal pressures on this fence. This includes the fence near the KZN-Mozambique border.
(5) (a) The fence in question is constantly patrolled and repaired by government officials. At this moment there is no plan by the Ministry to inspect the fence. (b) Whenever necessary that plan will be made and relevant stakeholders will be invited. (i) The date and time will be communicated. (ii) N/A