DA SLAMS EMASWATI ‘STROLLING’ IN AND OUT OF SOUTH AFRICA
LEADERS of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) are concerned about the free movement of people along the borderline separating the republic and Eswatini.
The leaders of the party are particularly unhappy that this occurs right under the ‘watchful’ eye of members of the South African Defence Force (SADF).
According to yesterday’s Mercury newspaper, a South African publication, the DA leaders visited Mshololo informal crossing point on Monday and discovered that about 500 people ‘stroll’ in and out of South Africa without any checks.
Worth noting is that for many years, Emaswati and South African nationals have been travelling between the two countries via the many informal crossing points along the borderline without carrying travel documents.
Part of the delegation that visited Mshololo area on Monday included the DA's Deputy Shadow Minister of Police, Dianne Kohler Barnard MP, Shadow Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Annette Steyn and Zululand East Constituency Head Hlanganani Gumbi.
“We knew that the situation at the borders was quite bad, but I was still shocked by what I saw there,” Barnard is reported to have said.
SANDF spokesperson Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobhozi reportedly informed the publication that the challenge was that there is no fence separating the two countries at Mshololo.
“Our challenge as the defence force is the issue of the fence, there is none there. Even the arrests we make tend to be futile because we arrest someone today, two or three days later you see them crossing back home again,” he said.
When this publication contacted Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Umbutfo Eswatini Defence Force (UEDF) Nkosinathi Dlamini yesterday, he said he had not heard about the visit to Mshololo by DA leaders, and requested to be sent a questionnaire on the issue.
The questionnaire was sent to him yesterday and he promised to investigate the matter before giving comments.