South Africa Constructs Concrete Barriers Along Mozambique Border to Deter Vehicle Theft and Smuggling

In a bid to curb the rampant theft and smuggling of vehicles across the South Africa-Mozambique border, authorities have initiated the construction of concrete barriers. The project, with an allocated budget of nearly $2.7 million (£2.1 million), comprises three segments strategically positioned to impede illicit activities.

The first section, an 8km (5 mile) barrier adjacent to Tembe Elephant Park, is currently under construction, alongside an 8km-long stretch near iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a 9km wall spanning from the western boundary of Tembe Elephant Park towards Pongolo River.

According to a joint briefing by the South African government and KwaZulu-Natal province, construction progress on the Tembe Elephant Park section is well underway. Remarkably, the project has garnered positive feedback from both the local community and the South African National Defense Force, highlighting its perceived efficacy in tackling criminal activities.

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Evidence of the barrier’s effectiveness was recently demonstrated when individuals attempted to transport a stolen SUV across it using iron ladders. However, the ladders failed, resulting in the perpetrators resorting to setting the vehicle ablaze in an attempt to destroy evidence.

Reports from Defenceweb indicate that South Africa has deployed 15 companies of troops to safeguard its borders, particularly focusing on “high-risk borders” with Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho.

The construction of these concrete barriers represents a proactive measure by South African authorities to enhance border security and deter criminal activities, ultimately safeguarding the nation’s interests and promoting regional stability.

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