The DA in the Northern Cape says an oversight inspection it conducted revealed that the Rietfontein Border between the province and Namibia remains weak. The DA’s Premier Candidate Andrew Louw and provincial chair Harold McGluwa say during their inspection they found that there was a chronic lack of resources which exposed “the country to an influx of drugs, stock theft and other criminal elements.
“There is no accommodation available for either Home Affairs or SAPS officers at the post. The post therefore does not function around the clock, as it should. When Home Affairs closes at 17:00 and SAPS closes at 19:00, there is nobody to guard the border. What happens at night will only be discovered in the morning, if at all,” Premier Candidate Andrew Louw said. Louw went on to add that the fence in place which was there to deter animal movement and could easily be scaled by people bringing drugs into the country.
“The post does not have drug testing equipment or a canine unit to prevent smuggling. SAPS will soon only have one female officer to do physical searches. In these circumstances, it is far too easy to bring contraband into our country. We might as well close the post and acknowledge that this port of entry is a free for all!” The party says it will follow up with both Home Affairs and SAPS to address these matters urgently.
“We must secure our borders, restore law and order and, in so doing, protect our communities from crime,” Louw concluded.