South African soldiers apprehended two stock thieves after being asked to assist by Botswana police in the form of that country’s special support group (SSG).
The soldiers from Reserve Force unit Tshwane Regiment are currently called up for border protection as per the national Operation Corona tasking and keep a weather eye on the Botswana border in the Mafikeng area of North West.
SA Army Major Z Nkabinde reports the specialist unit of the Botswana Police Service (BPS) approached the regiment after intelligence indicating the stock thieves were hiding out in South Africa was received.
Armed with this and other local intelligence, patrols were on full alert with one on vehicle checkpoint duty at Madutle catching the suspects red-handed in “possession” of 11 goats and nine sheep stolen in Botswana. Both were handed to police and the SSG contacted with positive information.
This saw the suspects handed to Botswana police at Skilpadhek port of entry for further legal steps.
Nkabinde reports the combined Botswana/South Africa operation was intelligence driven with Tshwane Regiment soldiers the recipients of regular intelligence training.
“In addition to the stock thieves, intelligence training proved it worth with 50 illegal immigrants prevented from entering South Africa in less than a month. Tshwane Regiment uses its intelligence capability to good effect and believes it has identified a number of stock theft syndicates in its area of responsibility.”