23 April 2019
Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster Ministers will tomorrow, Wednesday, 24th April 2019 visit Manguzi Border Post based under the Umhlabuyalingana Local Municipality in Northern KwaZulu-Natal Province.
The visit is a follow-up on the previous visit which took place in 2017. During the visit, Ministers will inspect the Manguzi border post for its readiness to house the one-stop border between South Africa and Mozambique, the construction of the Police Station and visiting Gate 6 which is a site for a community crossing point.
The Ministers will also meet the community leaders to report back on the commitments made in 2017, outline the successes made in fighting cross-border crime and address the incidences where community members have taken the law into their hands to deal with criminals.
This visit will reiterate the JCPS Cluster’s commitment to serve and protect communities in the borderline areas and urge community members to work together with all law enforcement agencies in ensuring that South Africa is crime-free and safe for all who live in it.
Members of the media are invited to cover the visit as follows:
Date: Today, 24 April 2019
Time: 8h30 – 13h45
Venue: UMhlabuyalingana Municipality Offices
08:30 – 09:00 Arrival and registration at UMhlabuyalingana Municipality Offices
10:00 – 10:45 Meeting between JCPS Ministers/Deputy Ministers and Community Leaders
11:15 – 12:15 Visit to Gate 6 Community Crossing Point
12:45 – 13:45 Visit to Kosi Bay Border Post and Media Press Conference
Media RSVPs: Jacob Mkhize on 082 925 2873 or email Jacobmk@gcis.gov.za
NB: Members of the media are advised to bring along their press cards for the collection of accreditation.
Cell: 083 645 4294/ firstname.lastname@example.org
During the visit to Manguzi Border Post in 2017, the JCPS Cluster Ministers discovered that the Manguzi area and the borderline between Kwazulu-Natal and Mozambique was a hive of criminal activities including the smuggling of illicit goods, drugs, vehicle thefts, human trafficking and rhino horn poaching. Since the 2017 visit, a number of crime fighting initiatives that have been implemented by the joint operations of the South African Police Service (SAPS), Department of Defence and Military Veterans, Department of Home Affairs, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Customs unit of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and State Security Agency (SSA) to secure the border post.