Cross-border crime clampdown
High-level talks bring results
THE fight against cross-border crime has finally been taken to the next level after the Mozambican government has agreed to extradite South African criminals using the country as a haven to escape the law.
This was revealed by Minister of Police Bheki Cele, who said finding lasting solutions to address the controversial issue of cross-border crime had been escalated, to the extent that both the South African and Mozambican presidents became involved.
Addressing the communities of Mbazwana, uMhlabuyalingana and
Manguzi on Saturday after visiting the Kosi Bay border post, Cele said
following a meeting of senior delegates of both countries, lines of communication have been reopened.
‘The biggest hindrance in the past has been the lack of communication.
‘This has now been restored owing to interventions at both ministerial and presidential levels.’
Hundreds of community members gathered at the uMhlabuyalingana Phumobala sport field in Manguzi as
Cele, accompanied by SAPS National Commissioner, General Khehla Sithole, as well as the KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liason, Mxolisi Kaunda, visited the area to provide feedback to the communities following a list of grievances handed to Cele’s predecessor, Fikile Mbalula, in February.
Mbalula’s visit followed weeks of unrest in the area as outraged residents grew tired of criminal elements plaguing their communities.
Cele said he had dealt with almost all of the demands listed on the memorandum.
‘One of the main demands was the arrest of nine people who had been named in the memorandum.
‘Seven have been found and only two are still missing.
‘The community here have also raised the issue of about 30 stolen vehicles, 24 of which have been traced with the cooperation of Mozambican authorities. Four others have been identified and will be brought back and returned to their South
African owners soon.
Cele said provincial police commissioners of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KZN - the three provinces which share the border with Mozambique - were present at the meeting between himself and the Mozambican Minister of Police held on 10 August.
As a result of this, Cele said a joint operation to clamp down on cross-border crime involving all three provinces resulted in more than 300 suspects being arrested, 102 stolen and hijacked cars recovered and returned to SA, and at least 43 guns as well as ammunition recovered.
MInister of Police Bheki Cele arrives at the uMhlabuyalingana Phumobala sport field in Manguzi on Saturday to address the local community