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Dagga, drugs, counterfeit goods and a firearm in Op Corona December...

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Dagga is not, according to soldiers posted on the South Africa/Zimbabwe border, an often transported illegal commodity. This was shown up by a R1,5...

Additional border safeguarding initiatives detailed by Joint Operations

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The Joint Operations Division of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been allocated additional funding for border safeguarding initiatives, and this includes...

Soldiers intercept two thousand plus illegal immigrants in October

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Contraband and drugs with a value in excess of R8 million were confiscated by soldiers protecting South Africa’s territorial integrity as per the Operation...

Soldiers stop illegal immigrants; confiscate contraband, dagga and stolen vehicles

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In the 2020/21 financial year soldiers on border protection duty apprehended more than 21 000 illegal immigrants averaging out at 1 775 a month – around...

Most used illegal border crossings to SA are with three countries

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The “most popular” countries when it comes to illegal entry or smuggling contraband into South Africa are Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Residents from these countries...

Illegal immigrants, livestock, narcotics, stolen vehicles – all in an Op...

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“Ops normal” is probably the best way to sum up the national defence force’s ongoing border protection tasking which in the three months ending...

Border protection prevents drugs worth millions reaching South Africa

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People seeking a better life than what is on offer in their own countries continue illegal pilgrimages to South Africa as evidenced by the...

Op Corona stops contraband, recovers stolen vehicles and nabs illegals

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Recovery of stolen livestock and vehicles, confiscation of contraband and apprehension of “undocumented persons” remain the major components of the work done by soldiers...

Soldiers recover three vehicles worth R900 000

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Two incidents of soldiers preventing stolen high-end off-road vehicles leaving South Africa give insight into another area of work apart from apprehending undocumented persons...

Stolen copper recovered during border ops

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Copper is the latest addition to the growing list of goods confiscated by soldiers protecting “South Africa’s territorial integrity” as part of the Operation...

eSwatini, Mozambique border ops net narcotics and vehicles

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Stolen vehicle recovery and confiscating narcotics top the list of recent successes for an SA Army infantry unit doing duty as part of Operation...

Soldiers on border protection recover livestock worth R800 000

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Official border protection statistics collected, collated and released by the Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) show cross-border livestock theft...

Parliamentarians see border protection ops “in the flesh”

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In what one called “an eye opener” a contingent of Parliamentarians saw for themselves what is – and isn’t - happening on South Africa’s...

Op Corona confiscations continue

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Cigarettes, vehicles and wool are included in the latest contraband seizures by soldiers deployed on the border protection tasking Operation Corona. Fifty-two bags of wool...

R50 million set aside for Jersey barrier border protection in KZN

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Patrol and intelligence gathering work on at least one section of South Africa’s land border is being made easier by installation of concrete Jersey...

“Undocumented persons” entering South Africa on the rise

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As South Africa moved into a “lighter” lockdown level in September, soldiers on border protection had to contend with increased levels of smuggling and...

Border protection remains thin due lack of funds

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Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, trotted out the by-now hackneyed excuse of “budgetary constraints” when answering a Parliamentary question about...

Cigarettes, dagga confiscated, vehicles recovered by border protection patrols

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Cigarettes make up the majority of recent confiscations by soldiers on border protection duty, with dagga and illegal immigrants adding to the recent success...

Soldiers confiscate R1.4 million worth of cigarettes on SA borders

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Two separate cigarette “interceptions” by soldiers in the last week again show the ease with which smugglers breach thinly protected borders and just how...

Op Corona border patrols net contraband worth R13 million

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Further proof of the porosity of South Africa’s borders, particularly those on land, comes from the Joint Operations Division of the national defence force...

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