121 SAI nabs illegals, dagga and stock smugglers on Eswatini border


Eagle-eyed infantry soldiers from 121 SA Infantry Battalion (121 SAI) have recorded no less than five successful missions in a short space of time whilst patrolling South Africa’s border with Eswatini.

While on observation post duty at Mshololo, they apprehended a six-strong group of presumably Swazis trying to enter South Africa. The illegal immigrants are currently detained at Pongola police station ahead of questioning and being returned to their home country.

A second group of illegal immigrants, this time numbering 15, was spotted from an observation post near Mzintsanhu temporary base. They, like the six nabbed at Mshololo, are now at Pongola police station.

A routine foot patrol near Mboloba temporary base brought an unexpected find in the form of an abandoned plastic bag. A closer look revealed it was packed with just under a kilogram of dagga (valued at R2 640).

During another foot patrol, this time in the vicinity of Mboloba temporary base, another abandoned bag was found containing dagga. On inspection 5.6kg of the drug worth an estimated R16 900 was found and also handed to police at Pongola for safekeeping ahead of destruction.

The fifth and final success of the week for the 121 SAI soldiers involved stock theft. Battalion operational communications officer Captain Letlhogonolo Mashego reports a patrol finding goats being herded toward South Africa in anticipation of loading onto a Toyota bakkie, also in the Mboloba temporary base vicinity. A driver, his passenger and 17 goats are currently the responsibility of Pongola police.