Parlimentary Question: Deployment of police officers at the borderline

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QUESTION NO 1128

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 19 APRIL 2010
(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 10- 2010)

Date reply submitted : 4 May 2010
1128. Mr T W Coetzee (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:

(1) How many (a)(i) police officers are deployed for landward borderline security at present and (ii) kilometers of borderline are the police responsible for patrolling and (b) at what cost have the police officers been deployed on the (i) South Africa/Namibia, (ii) South Africa/Botswana, (iii) South Africa/Zimbabwe, (iv) South Africa/Mozambique, (v) South Africa/Swaziland and (vi) South Africa/Lesotho landward borders;
(2) whether there is a plan for the police to withdraw from each specified border; if not, why not; if so, why?

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REPLY:
(1)(a)(i)     1182 SAPS members are presently deployed at the various landward borderlines.
         (ii)     The South African Police Service is responsible for patrolling 4862 km land borderline and 3895 km sea borderline.
(1)(b)          The expenditure for the Land Borderlines for the 2009 / 2010 financial year is as follows and is inclusive of Personnel Expenditure, Goods and Services, Transfer and Subsidies and Capital Assets:
(i)       Northern Cape SA/ Namibia Borderline
– R 5 800 193-00;
                      (ii)      North West SA/ Botswana Borderline
– R 4 788 220-00;
(iii)      Limpopo SA/ Zimbabwe/ Mozambique Borderline
– R 24 955 482-00;
                      (iv)     Mpumalanga SA/ Mozambique/ Swaziland Borderline
– R 29 385 352-00;
(v)      Eastern Cape SA/Lesotho Borderline
– R 13 079 728-00;
(vi)     KwaZulu-Natal SA/ Lesotho/ Mozambique Borderline
– R 28 618 861-00;
(vii)     Free State SA/ Lesotho Borderline
– R 19 243 834-00
(2) The South African Police Service (SAPS) is not withdrawing from the borders. The SAPS and SANDF is currently in the process of developing a strategy with the focus on joint deployment along the borders of the RSA. The SAPS will still be responsible for performing the policing function along the Borders.



Reply to question 1128 approved by Minister