Botswana: Border Fence in Poor Shape

| July 13, 2016

The border fence between Botswana and South Africa around South East District is in a poor state of repair resulting in high incidents of stock theft.

Speaking in Parliament, Minister of Lands and Housing, Mr Prince Maele said a joint assessment on the condition of the fence by officials of the two countries confirmed the fence's poor shape in January this year.

He, however said, whilst it was their desire to have increased patrols along the border, government was constrained by inadequate resources to do so.

The minister added that Botswana Police Service patrolled the border on a regular basis including exchange of operational information between BPS and SA police.

Furthermore, Mr Maele said the repair of the border fence between the two countries was guided by the boundary treaty of 1973 which among others, specified how the cost sharing between Botswana and SA would be undertaken.

"To this end, a proposal has been sent to the Republic of South Africa for consideration on the necessary repairs. The border fence will therefore, be repaired once an agreement has been reached with South Africa.

Ramotswa MP, Mr Samuel Rantuana had asked the Minister of Lands and Housing if he was aware of the poor state of the border fence between the South East District and North West Province of South Africa and the high rate of stock theft across this border, if so, why there is no reinforcement of patrol officers along this border and when would the fence be repaired.

Source: Botswana Daily News

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