Two recent separate successes by soldiers on border protection duty produced a combined monetary value of R4.5 million.
A detachment of gunners from 10 Anti-Aircraft Regiment, based in Kimberley, are currently the border protectors in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Their daily patrol work on foot and aboard 4×4 vehicles sees them cover the inhospitable and dense border with southern Mozambique.
Working in conjunction with the SA Police Service (SAPS) tactical response team, a tracker and rangers from Tembe Elephant Park, a gunner patrol recovered a Toyota Hilux in the Manguzi area on 10 March. The vehicle has an estimated value of R600 000.
In the second incident, also in Manguzi, a Ford Everest was stopped for inspection and 23 bags of dagga with a mass of 50 kg were found. The driver was arrested and taken to Manguzi police station, along with the R3.9 million worth of narcotic, for further processing.