Thursday, May 29, 2008

'Porous borders need sealing'

Porous? How about “this way please”?

Corrupt border officials look the other way while illegals zip back and forth over the border with impunity.

You could build a ten-metre high concrete wall from ocean to ocean and they will still get through - because the problem lies with the corrupt gubbermunt and local officials.

How else can you explain three million Zims being able to drive/walk/cycle into the country - undocumented?

I waste my breath…

Is there ANYTHING (besides the tax office – only ‘cuz it involves money) that is working on a semi-functional basis in South Africa?

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MPs raised serious doubts on Wednesday about the country's ability to protect citizens against foreign attacks and other forms of international crime.

This followed a presentation by border post police to the National Assembly's safety and security committee, suggesting that the country's borders were not being properly monitored.

"Your whole presentation conveys a message that you are not on top of the situation - the people are not safe," said African National Congress MP Salam Abrahams. (what do these parleymentarians do all day? Wait for a crisis to happen then act? Oh yes, that’s how it’s done by the ANC. My bad..)

In his briefing to the committee, SAPS section head of borderline operations Shane Korabie said police units working at the country's borders were understaffed, lacked equipment and did not know were some of the borders ended. (give them a hand-held GPS, fools)

"The demarcation of the RSA borders is a problem," he said. (eish…ditto above)

Corruption a major concern.

National head of ports entry commissioner Elias Mawela said a high number of the close to 5 000 police officers deployed at the country's border posts were engaged in corruption. (who isn’t it seems these days?)

"Corruption is a major concern. We have embarked on a number of joint operations to ensure that all those who are corrupt are arrested," he said. (yeah, sure…)

The lack of adequate monitoring at private airports such Lanseria near Johannesburg, where people often boarded and disembarked from aircraft without being searched, was another major concern.

"That is where most of the criminality is happening," said ANC MP Siyabonga Cwele. (so do something about it!)

It was unacceptable that aircraft owners, including their passengers, were allowed to enter and leave airports without being searched. (just another lawless act in South Africa)

Head of customs Leonard Hadebe said criminals often used private airports to transport illicit goods and for money laundering. (no shit Sherlock..)

"Its one area of the airports that have been neglected for a long time," he said.

South African Revenue Services (SARS) general manager Gene Ravele said private airports were difficult to manage. (Not really. Bring them under customs control and the problem is solved overnight)

"The problem is that they are privately owned - we are at the mercy of the landlord," he said. (then change the laws. Since when does ‘privately owned’ mean you can enter/leave a country at will?)

Ravele is also chairman of the committee responsible for co-ordinating the work of the various agencies at the country's entry points.

'Bring back the army'

Democratic Alliance MP Diane Kohler-Barnard said the chaotic situation at the country's border posts called for the Cabinet's decision to remove the army from entry points to be reviewed. (yep, another of the ANC’s masterful decisions coming back to bite)

"The 2003 Cabinet decision to pull the South African Defence Force off our borders must be reversed with immediate effect. (hell will freeze over first before the ANC admits its myriads of many cockups)

"The border control operational co-ordinating committee has had five years to seal off our porous borders, but has achieved absolutely nothing," she said.

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