Border safeguarding in the form of military vehicle control points and vehicle patrols yielded successes in terms of narcotics, stolen weapons and a stolen vehicle this week.
In Mpumalanga, soldiers from 1 SA Infantry Battalion in Bloemfontein mounted a roadblock, termed vehicle control point in the politically correct terminology the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), in the Mbuzini area.
Their watch was rewarded when five men suspected of robbing a nearby store were apprehended. Military police were summoned to the scene with a search of their vehicle bringing to light two 9mm pistols, one without a serial number; a pair of 9mm magazines and 13 rounds as well as a bag containing R7 000 in cash and stolen goods. All five suspects were apprehended with one apparently confessing that the vehicle they were in – a 2012 Polo Vivo – was stolen.
A few hundred kilometres south, soldiers on patrol in the Maluti operational base mission area stopped a suspicious minibus taxi coming from the Qhasha Neck port of entry. The vehicle was searched and bags of dagga found. No information is given about the amount, estimated value or whether any suspects were apprehended.