Mr T.M.H. Mofokeng (ANC FS) asked the Honourable Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:
Whether her department would increase its security involvement on the border between South Africa and Lesotho, as well as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Swaziland in order to combat stock theft and other cross border crimes; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
Yes, following the decision of Cabinet last year, we have already deployed to the borders and we phased in our deployment, largely because of financial constraints.
We have six phases and we hope that by 2013, we will have fully taken control of the South African borders, which is a total of 4 471 km of land border, 2 798 km of maritime sea border and 7 660 km of air border. We are budgeting for this and we believe that by that time we should be fully operational in all the areas.
We have completed our first phase which we started before June last year, to ensure that we have complete security for the World Cup. We are now doing phase two. We started at the Kruger National Park and we will go on with Pongola and Wepener. Phase three and the remaining phases is to ensure that we tighten up wherever we need to concentrate on.
The phasing-in is determined by the priority areas and the security risks that we face. The second criterion has been that we do not have the necessary funding right now, but in two years time, we expect that we will be completely functional, everywhere we need to be.