Army/police cooperation for better protection of borders and economies

The National Defense Force and the Police Service are an integral part of the South African government’s security cluster and often work in tandem at the behest of their respective political masters, President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Cabinet.

Not surprisingly, there is cooperation at the coalface level where unit and ground commanders often find themselves – and those they command – in eminently conducive situations. collaboration.

One of them is border protection, handled solely by South African army soldiers with minimal assistance from the South African Air Force (SAAF). South African Police Service (SAPS) officers in border area police stations as well as those stationed at entry points are part of the national border protection effort, entrusted overall to the National Defense Force South -African (SANDF) and currently executed by 15 companies under the Standing Order of Operation Corona.

The creation of the Border Management Authority (BMA), currently an entity of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and expected to become autonomous within the next two years, will see a border guard become a reality. There is, at present, no indication of where the first batch of 200 recruits will be used – at entry points or in physical border patrols such as those carried out by soldiers.

Seeking to improve border protection and the maintenance of territorial integrity, senior officers from the North West SAPS met their counterparts from the South African army seeking to improve border control in the province which has Botswana as an international neighbour.

Captain Z Nkabinde, Staff Officer 3, Operational Communication at Joint Tactical Headquarters North West, writes that the PROVJOINTS (Provincial Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure) meeting where a number of ministries were represented, was to “ influence the outcome of all operations to achieve all objectives”. defined objectives.

Attendees heard a review of borderline successes over the last three deployments of Operation Corona, as well as an intelligence briefing and analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of the areas of responsibility.

Nkabinde further reports for SANDF social media that only by working together as a security cluster can a high level of operational excellence be achieved.

Operational strategies were shared by all present, including the North West Parks Board and specialist police divisions such as Hawks and Crime Intelligence, to tackle all border related crime.

Another area of ​​operations under the microscope by senior South African military officers and their SAPS colleagues is the sharing of resources, in this case facilities.

The SA Army Specialized Infantry Capability (SAASIC) is based in Potchefstroom, which also houses a mounted SAPS capability and the army/police meeting “discussed the arrangements for cohabitation on the Welgegund farm”. [a SAPS equine facility]writes SA Army Support Training Lieutenant Colonel Mandla Shongwe for a SANDF social media account.

“The entities have collaborated to share facilities to ensure that the State, either through SAPS or the South African military, is properly able to carry out its mandate.

“The co-use of the Welgegund farm facilities by mounted SAASIC and SAPS capabilities will create an environment to ensure that both are spared the constraints of constant budget constraints,” is Shongwe’s summary of the decision to share.

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