Domestic politics has dismissed claims by lobby group AfriForum that it is patrolling the South Africa-Zimbabwe border in Musina, Limpopo.
The ministry said Monday it was illegal for AfriForum to conduct patrols.
It was said that members of the group were at the border guarding their farms next to the border.
Responsibility for patrolling the border was not given to any citizen or group of citizens transferred.
“The Department would also like to explain that, in line with the commitments made by Minister Aaron Motsoaledi in his 2022/23 budget vote speech, the BorderManagement Authority is moving ahead apace and has completed the appointment of the first cohort of border guards to be deployed along the vulnerable sections of the border line.
“The appointment of the border guards is another important one Milestone in the implementation of border management “regulatory agency,” the department said in a statement.
AfriForum announced earlier this month that it had deployed sniffer dogs and guards in response to concerns about SA’s porous borders.
< p>It claimed its efforts resulted in the group seizing 12 million rand worth of contraband goods.
“Between June and September last year alone, AfriForum’s neighborhood watch in Musina helped seized smuggled goods with a total value of over R12 million.
“This is having a significant impact on the illegal activities and according to information we have received, due to the resilience of our volunteers, some of these smugglers have thrown in the towel. It’s a huge achievement,” said the group’s campaign manager, Jacques Broodryk.
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