Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi is slowly but surely solidifying his position as a minister of repute.
The former Health Minister is well versed with the immigration laws and he has taken time to address some of them.
Motsoaledi recently introduced the Border Management Agency’s (BMA) guards. Their roles have constantly been confused with those of the soldiers.
Soldiers are responsible for manning the borders and they will work hand in glove with the BMA guards.
The minister was in Parliament when he was asked by the Democratic Alliance's Adrian Ross to explain the role of soldiers at the country's borders.
“The responsibility of members of the defence force is to protect and safeguard the country’s territorial integrity through the patrolling of the 4 773km of the land border areas, including the maritime coastline," he said.
He was then challenged to explain the difference with that of the BCM guards.
He said the border guards would have immigration, agricultural, and environmental legal empowerment among other prescripts.
The SANDF would be able to hand over intercepted civilians to the border guards for processing, he said.
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