The Commissioner of the Border Management Authority (BMA), Dr Michael Masiapato, issued a stern warning to criminals engaged in unlawful activities and attempting to cross borders with illicit and stolen goods.
According to SANews, various arrests have been made at different ports of entry, showcasing the BMA’s commitment to maintaining border law enforcement.
On a recent operation at Kosi Bay, a Mozambican national was apprehended and found in possession of stolen goods. Acting on intelligence information, a BMA-led operation recovered four stolen solar panels and 11 tower batteries. These items were linked to a business burglary in the Empangeni area, where 84 tower batteries and solar panels belonging to Eskom were stolen. The suspect was taken into custody at the Manguzi police station.
Two males were arrested in another operation at the Qachas Nek vulnerable segment in the Eastern Cape land border. An intelligence-driven operation conducted with Avondale police, BMA members, and Border police members led to the discovery of the individuals in possession of unlicensed firearms. A rifle, a revolver, and 48 rounds of ammunition were confiscated. The suspects are currently held at the Avondale police station.
Dr Masiapato emphasised the BMA’s commitment to maintaining law and order at ports of entry, stating, “The Border Management Authority is committed to maintaining border law enforcement with strict control measures to detect and prevent illegal activities. The BMA border guards have been deployed to intercept criminal activities.”
The Border Management Authority, the third armed service in South Africa, is mandated to perform border management functions within ports of entry and law enforcement areas.
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