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07-22-2015, 11:38 AM
Soldiers fire on cops in border fracas
Graeme Hosken | 22 July, 2015 00:02

South African soldiers operating along the Mozambican border with orders to "shoot and immobilise" any threat, ambushed police and vehicle tracking operatives in hot pursuit of a hijacked truck. SA Military admit shooting at police and tracking company vehicle Desperate Zimbabwean women flock to cross-border trade despite risks The case of mistaken identity nearly resulted in the death of two Northern KwaZulu-Natal policemen and two anti-hijacking personnel. The four heavily armed hijackers escaped.

On Monday night two Public Order Policing unit officers, and vehicle recovery officers, pursued a truck and bakkie, both of which had been hijacked near Hluhluwe. The hijackers drove to the Kosi Bay border, past an SA National Defence Force observation post.

SA Vehicle Security director Thinus Schoeman said the troops - armed with heavy machine guns and assault rifles - opened fire without warning, even though the marked police vehicle's emergency lights were flashing. "It was clear they shot to kill. The vehicles were about 200m from the border fence when the soldiers opened fire, firing over 40 rounds.

"Our guys never knew what hit them." He said: "Four bullets went through the front windscreen. Four destroyed the engine, while another eight hit the tyres. "As the driver tried to help his colleague, who was injured by shrapnel, the soldiers again opened fire on them. The policemen were pinned down behind their bakkie."

Schoeman said when a military police officer arrived after the shooting had stopped, he disarmed and arrested the cops. Schoeman added: "This is despite the policemen being in full uniform, driving a marked police vehicle and producing their appointment certificates." The four "suspects" were released after a senior army officer intervened.

It is the second time in less than two months that troops have engaged police and vehicle tracking company staff. Last month, outside the Mpumalanga village of Mbuzini on the border with Mozambique and Swaziland, troops fired on police and another tracking company's vehicle. SANDF sources said there is a 10km "red zone" around South Africa's borders.

As a result, police and tracking companies must notify troops if they are entering a "red zone" - even if they are pursuing criminals. SANDF spokesman Brigadier-General Xolani Mabanga said the SAPS and tracker vehicles did not follow this protocol and failed to stop despite being signalled to do so. "A Board of Inquiry has been convened to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident," he said.


07-22-2015, 12:04 PM
Dit is mos wat soldate doen. Wanneer hulle ontlpooi word, is dit hoe hulle vreemde mense groet

07-24-2015, 08:50 AM
Die weermag is die swaard van die staat en wanneer die swaard getrek word, moet daar bloed loop. Dit is ook waarom die weermag nie veronderstel is om in die binneland ontplooi te word nie. Die weermag se mandaat is buitelands en wanneer die regering in n staat van oorlog is, word die weermag die regering.

Wanneer die weermag aan die grens ontplooi word, word die gebiede om die grensposte n no go area en die weermag is nie veronderstel om vrae in daardie areas te vra nie.

Wanneer daar landbou aktiwiteite in daardie gebied is, sal die boere en hulle werkers as eie magte erken word en sal daar nie so maklik op hulle geskiet word nie. Wanneer n boer vreemde beweging op sy plaas rapporteer, sal daardie beweging as vyand hanteer word.

Dit is eintlik maklik. Wanneer die weermag in oorgrens operasies soos die opspoor van gesteelde voertuie geken word, sal sulke insident nie gebeur nie.