Soldiers on borders welcomed

2010-05-25 09:03
Pretoria - The deployment of soldiers on South Africa's borders will help improve security on farms, Agri SA president Johannes Müller said on Monday.

"It will ensure a safe production environment for the farming community," Müller said after a meeting with Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu in Pretoria.

The meeting was the first in a series intended to improve relationships between the two parties.

Defence secretary Mpumi Mpofu said a framework agreement was to be concluded after which the SA National Defence Force would start visiting farming communities to find out about their main concerns and assess progress.

A total of 650 soldiers were recently deployed to protect the Mozambican and Zimbabwean borders.

Farmers will also be involved

Agri SA said this was a relatively small group but the rural and farming communities would also be involved in protecting the border.

Defence chief General Godfrey Ngwenya said more deployments were expected next year, adding that the process would work in phases.

This was due to a shortage of funds and in line with government budgeting processes.

Farmers had raised concerns about crime on their farms as a result of unprotected borders.

Livestock, vehicles and farming equipment were stolen, said Müller.

Illegal immigration added to the problem.

The agricultural movement said it did not want to dwell on these problems because of the newly formed relationship with the government.

"We are responsible as farmers to see what we can do to assist government moving forward," said chairperson of Agri SA's rural safety committee Andre Botha.

Inspection

Last month, the minister and members of Parliament's portfolio committee on defence and military veterans undertook a three day visit to the borders of South Africa and Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Swaziland.

The aim of the visit was to inspect the facilities, interact with soldiers, and understand the problems faced by the army upon their return to the borders.

The return of soldiers was part of the new Cabinet approved South African National Border Management Agency.

Mpofu described the talks with Agri SA as "useful and fruitful".

- SAPA
Read more on:    agri sa  |  sandf  |  agriculture
NEXT ON NEWS24X

GOODBYE SAPA

25 minutes ago

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
6 ways to stay safe at home and on the road 2015-03-27 15:39

These Easter holidays, take these precautions to keep your home and family safe.

/Africa
Traffic Alerts
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are active and very busy today. You may be in the mood to connect with your loved one or significant other and enjoy your day...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.