The government plans to roll out its Border Management Authority (BMA) in the coming months, with the new state-owned company expected to introduce major changes within the country’s borders.
In response to a recent parliamentary Q&A, Interior Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the BMA will see 200 additional border patrol guards hired, who are responsible for carrying out general border management activities and security services to ensure effective and efficient border management. This will include:
- Attend the on- and off-duty parades and be stationed according to deployment schedule.
- Processing of proactive and responsive complainants.
- Report of arrested illegal aliens held in temporary detention cells.
- Protection and control of exhibits / evidence found are handed over to other agencies.
- Carrying out arrests of illegal aliens / detainees who need to be transferred to the nearest ports of entry or police station for further processing.
- Gathering information for compiled reports as required by higher authority.
Motsoaledi confirmed that the new guards will also be responsible for controls on the movement of goods and people, with a specific focus on preventing illegal aliens from entering the country. This will include:
- Search for people, luggage and cars according to the relevant regulations regarding the planned operations for roadblock / checkpoint in the port of entry and the vulnerable areas on the border.
- Carrying out border tasks, operations for traffic control and other law enforcement tasks at outdoor / indoor areas.
- Report on any illegal movement of people and goods.
- Supervision of secret positions at or near international borders.
The minister said the new guards will also be responsible for conducting car and foot patrols. and report on international visitors, travelers and retailers for oversight purposes.
He added that the country’s army still has a role to play in protecting the country’s borders in general, with the BMA focusing instead on hotspot areas and cities where illegal activity is most prevalent.
The BMA Act authorizes border guards to effectively protect the port of entry, including the 10-kilometer radius to detect any traveler who for any reason avoids the use of the port. the border does not try to compete with the committed members of the SANDF. “
The government is making changes to South Africa’s borders in the coming months – something to be expected
Source link The government is making changes to South Africa’s borders in the coming months – something to be expected