Observer on Saturday - - News - By Ackel Zwane

Fre­quent army pa­trols have been in­tro­duced to man pa­trols at the Nkalashane Sisa Ranch in Maphiveni fol­low­ing up­surge in cat­tle stolen from the min­istry of agri­cul­ture farm near the Mozam­bique bor­der.

Per­son­nel sta­tioned at the cor­don fence say this week a car­cass was re­cov­ered with miss­ing limbs from deep in­side the farm and this called for in­creased pa­trols by sol­diers sta­tioned at the Maphiveni Army bar­racks nearby.

While the ban of im­ported beef cross­ing the cor­don fence into Swazi­land was lifted, per­son­nel from the min­istry of agri­cul­ture con­tinue to reg­is­ter move­ment of cat­tle from Ma­fu­cula, Shewula and Lom­a­hasha. Cat­tle rustlers tar­get the Sisa ranch be­cause of its dense for­est growth and the river cut­ting through.

Na­tional Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Isaac Ma­gag­ula said dur­ing a joint meet­ing hosted by his Mozam­bi­can coun­ter­part Bernardino Rafael in Ma­puto, that live­stock were among other smug­gled goods.

He said a to­tal of 474 cat­tle val­ued at US$230 000 was smug­gled into Mozam­bique while the rest of the items com­prised elec­tronic gad­gets worth about US$220 000 that were stolen from schools, busi­ness premises and do­mes­tic res­i­dences.

The Swazi po­lice chief how­ever noted that the rate of stock theft has de­clined by 20 per­cent since the two po­lice forces signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on cross bor­der crime in 2014. Of con­cern how­ever was the lack of an ex­tra­di­tion treaty be­tween Mozam­bique and Swazi­land which both en­ti­ties felt com­pro­mised the ex­change of crim­i­nal fugi­tives. The agenda of the meet­ing was the cross bor­der crimes phe­nom­e­non where both coun­tries pre­sented re­ports on the rates of crimes which oc­cur along the two bor­ders and bound­aries that the coun­tries share.

Dur­ing the meet­ing the Swazi del­e­ga­tion had an op­por­tu­nity to tour around some of the crime-prone ar­eas on the Mozam­bi­can side dur­ing a tour con­ducted by Rafael.

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