POLITICS

Deployment of first group of Border Management Authority Border Guards – Aaron Motsoaledi

Aaron Motsoaledi |

15 July 2022

Minister says they are trying to build a better border management authority with this group of young men and women

Speech delivered by Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, on the occasion of the deployment of the first group of Border Management Authority Border Guards at the Beitbridge Port of Entry, in Limpopo, on 14 July 2022

15 July 2022

Programme Director and Head of Communications in the Department of Home Affairs, Mr Bongi Gwala
My colleague, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Njabulo Nzuza
Senior traditional leader, Chief Mmbangiseni Manenzhe
Cllr Anderson Mudungu, Acting Executive Mayor of the Vhembe District Municipality and his team
Cllr Godfrey Mawela, Mayor of the Musina Local Municipality and his team
Home Affairs Director General, Mr Tommy Makhode and his team.
Border Management Authority Commissioner, Dr Mike Masiapato, two Deputy Commissioners, Major General Chilembe for Operations, Mme Jane Thupana for Corporate Services and the BMA team
Senior government officials
The inaugural members of the Border Guard
Members of the media
Ladies and gentlemen

Good morning. 

Thank you very much for joining us today on this auspicious day as we seek to protect our sovereignty in the interest of the people of South Africa and the world.

Fellow South Africans, here they are. They are the first cohort of young men and women who have undergone a rigorous selection process that included interviews, physical training and orientation, who will serve as the Border Guard. 

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We are here today to officially deploy the Border Guards within the vulnerable segments of the border line for law enforcement purposes.

We are trying to build a better border management authority with this group of young men and women who heeded the call to serve in a manner that enables our country to pursue its policies.

Just last month, I told Parliament that the Department is embracing new ways of doing things. Of course many did not believe us. Today is another example of implementing this commitment which we are definitely going to keep.

In July 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the following when signing the Border Management Authority Act;