Borders: govt goes hi-tech to stop entrants

2008-08-25 00:00

Cape Town — In a bid to stem the tide of people who are illegally crossing South Africa’s borders, the government has acquired a new satellite system that will be used for borderline and air surveillance.

Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said yesterday the system will make it easier for people crossing into the country illegally to be spotted.

“The new technological measures mean that people will be seen as they intend to, or actually cross our borders. They will be arrested,” Nqakula said.

A further measure, Nqakula added, will be greater use of various types of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft that will be fitted with the technology to download intelligence to command centres.

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