South Africa resumes construction of concrete wall along Mozambique border to curb car smuggling

NATIONAL NEWS

By Theodorah waga Mawasha

POLOKWANE-The government of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal has resumed construction of a concrete wall along the South Africa and Mozambique border following a halt in 2021.

This comes at a time when car smuggling syndicates soar with many hijacked and stolen vehicles crossing over the border to our neighbouring countries.

This is also done to curb the movement of illicit goods after years of delays.

In 2020 the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Roads and Transport in conjunction with the national Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), committed R50 million to the manufacturing and positioning of concrete barrier units (jersey barriers), along a stretch of border between South Africa and Mozambique.

In a media briefing on March 06 2024 to the portfolio committee, the DPWI gave a progress report indicating that 5 km of border wall has already been completed following the halt by the Special Investigative Unit investigation into the R87.5 million tender that was awarded to a construction company at the time.

The project has now been resuscitated following massive social pressure prompted by syndicates stealing vehicles and crossing them over to Mozambique and the killing of prominent community leaders who spoke against the crime.

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