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Mpumalanga MEC for safety and security says the withdrawal of soldiers from the borders and replacing them with police officers has weakened South Africa's fight against trans-national crime.
Speaking during his budget speech in the provincial legislature this week, Siphosezwe Masango said he realised this when he and members of his department inspected border gates.
"The withdrawal of the South African National Defence Force has weakened our battle against trans-national crime, which is one of the main pillars of the national crime prevention strategy," he said.
His department planned to increase the number of police officers to deal effectively with crime along the Mpumalanga border.
The plan would also try to address the challenges of the informal entry points in Mbuzini, Magudu, Mgobodzi, Magogeni, Dludluma and Piet Retief.
"Community meetings and border security campaigns will be conducted to educate communities living along the border about the importance of national security and what their role is in this regard," said Masango.
He said the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa had only occurred at Gert Sibande and Nkangala in Mpumalanga because of their proximity to Gauteng.
"Many areas in the Lowveld did not experience these attacks because they are home to thousands of AmaSwati from Swaziland and Tsongas of Mozambican origin.
"We are fortunate that these attacks did not occur in those areas because it would have caused civil strife of unimaginable proportions," Masango said.
"The criminals who committed these deeds did so for opportunistic reasons to steal property and cash, to occupy the deserted shacks and because of jealousy."