- Mar 26, 2010
More at:Despite SA being in a state of national disaster, government is set to continue with its concrete plan to curb the illegal ferrying of vehicles from SA across into Mozambique.
The installation of 1.5m tall Jersey concrete barriers along 8km of the border between the two countries will resume on Monday amid increasing calls to crack down on cross-border crime.
According to the KwaZulu-Natal transport department, a minimum of 30 vehicles are taken illegally from across the border into Mozambique every month — at least 360 vehicles annually.
The Sunday Times reported how the towns of Jozini, eManguzi and Mbazwana in northern KwaZulu-Natal were thrown into a state of chaos last week.
The issue of cross-border crime between SA and Mozambique has been a long-standing one, dating back more than a decade.
In October, Times Select detailed how government was well into production of the concrete barriers — known as New Jersey barriers.
This followed an on-site visit to the Jersey barrier construction site at Umhlabuyalingana municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal by MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Bheki Ntuli.
The barrier itself is large and has SoilCem backfill, which will ensure the barriers are not quickly moved by force.
Government's plan includes the installation of these barriers along 54km of the border fence from the Indian Ocean to Ndumo. This entire stretch has been identified as a priority section because of the theft of vehicles associated with the absence of an effective barrier.
This phase would include the installation of the barriers along 8km of the entire 54km stretch.
A media statement, issued on behalf of Ntuli, noted the project was, however, not intended to control pedestrian movement across the border.
KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala in the meantime ordered that the police personnel implicated in the stealing of vehicles and various cross-border crimes would be removed from operating in the area.
Despite SA being in a state of national disaster, government is set to continue with its concrete plan to curb the illegal ferrying of vehicles from SA across into Mozambique.