defenceWeb – 18 June 2019
No casualties or injuries have been reported from the South Africa/Mozambique border where soldiers were involved in a shooting incident with Mozambican border police on Sunday.
An official statement from the national defence force confirms shooting between South African soldiers and border police from the neighbouring country in the Ndumo area, east of Frazella, at around 16h00 on Sunday.
“Our soldiers were conducting a routine patrol as part of borderline protection when the incident occurred. Details are sketchy and reasons for the shooting are not yet known,” Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi said in a statement issued on Monday.
He told defenceWeb on Tuesday the immediately convened board of inquiry visited the incident scene and a high-level briefing would take place during the course of the day.
The soldiers involved were from 10 Anti-Aircraft Regiment based in Kimberley.
Mozambican media reported that two members of Mozambique’s border police were killed in the incident. “Both the deceased are Mozambican police members. Our police force and its SA counterpart are holding a joint meeting to establish the real causes that led to that incident,” Mozambique police spokesperson Juarse Martins told a local television channel.
This is the not first time there has been shooting between South African soldiers and their border protection colleagues on Mozambique’s border. The first happened about seven years ago where South African soldiers following up a suspicious sighting moved onto an island stranded by the low water level in a river. No-one was injured in that incident either.