Editorial | Borders are a symbol of sovereignty

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Sherperd Bushiri and wife Mary Bushiri. Picture: Instagram
Sherperd Bushiri and wife Mary Bushiri. Picture: Instagram

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We shouldn’t be surprised by the Bushiris’ “great escape” because we have known for a long time that it’s very easy to get in and out South Africa illegally.

It is also easy to move around without a passport or the required migration documents in the country.

This escape has once again put South Africa’s porous borders in the spotlight.

A lot has been said about the “free movement” of people across our borders, and this has heightened the importance of having proper border control.

Read: Bushiris are still in SA according to department of home affairs records – Motsoaledi

The Bushiris are just one of the known cases of an illegal border crossing, and there are thousands more that are not reported.

This is a daily occurrence and it points to South Africa’s inadequate intelligence operations.

A country’s borders are a symbol of its sovereignty, and controlling its borders enables it to monitor people’s movements in and out of the country.

As citizens, we are clearly not safe from outside forces who can easily walk into our country and do as they wish.

If this doesn’t open our eyes, then we are a sitting duck as a country and terrorist groups can easily operate from our shores without being detected.

It is unheard of that a country like ours can be so easy to access without repercussions.

We must intensify our border patrols and have patriotic immigration officers who are not easily bribed to allow undocumented migrants into the country.

Every country has its own laws, and ours must be tightened to protect those within and outside the borders.

South Africa is not a banana republic where people can come and go as they please without being documented and monitored.

A country’s borders are a symbol of its sovereignty, and controlling its borders enables it to monitor people’s movements in and out of the country.

It is a crucial aspect of a functioning state. Let’s get our act together before it is too late.

Wake up, South African authorities!


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