The theft of a fence on a military base in Makhanda is causing a headache for local farmers.
The training grounds of the 6th SA Infantry Battalion are now used by illegal hunters and cattle thieves, say the farmers.
< This was confirmed by Defense and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in her response to a parliamentary question from DA MP Annette Steyn. Mapisa-Nqakula said the eastern part of the fence in the training area had been stolen.
“A project was registered and tendered through the Public Works and Infrastructure Department … but the process was from (the Department) put on hold due to insufficient funding, “said Mapisa-Nqakula.
The minister said her department is aware of the concerns of farmers.
” The SA Army is clear Aware of complaints from farmers near the … training area, which focus on inventory theft and illegal poaching and are compounded by the lack of perimeter fence, and reported this to the SANDF, “she said.
The Formation of Defense Works is coordinating the restoration of the missing perimeter fence with the Provincial Department for Public Works and Infrastructure on behalf of the Ministry of Defense. “
Meanwhile,” static and roving guards from (the base) are in place and patrolling the huge training area. “