Busy week for soldiers on border duty

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Infantry soldiers from two battalions currently doing border duty this week prevented stolen vehicles exiting South Africa and elsewhere confiscated over R56 000 worth of dagga originating in eSwatini.

The vehicles – both Toyota Hiluxes – were picked up by soldiers from Phalaborwa-based 7 SA Infantry Battalion in the Macadamia area of responsibility on the Mozambique/South Africa border. Patrols were activated by Bravo Company commander Major MT Manyike, acting on intelligence received.

The foot soldiers were joined in the chase for the vehicle thieves by police and a private tracking company with the pair of utility vehicles stopped before they could be spirited across the border.

Alpha company of 121 SA Infantry Battalion soldiers, based at Mtubatuba on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, find themselves on the eSwatini/South Africa border with regular patrols the order of the day – and night.

Three separate dagga busts were notched up this week netting over R56 000 worth of the widely used narcotic. All three busts were in the active area under Belgrade temporary base with two in a day and the other a day earlier.