Increased police presence needed at Klein Menasse: Kharuxab

10 Mar 2019 10:10am
AROAB, 10 MAR (NAMPA) - Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency Councillor, Elias Kharuxab has called for increased police presence at the Klein Menasse border post near Aroab.
Kharuxab made the call during an interview with Nampa, saying with the private use of cannabis being legalised in South Africa, it has become easy for people in Aroab to get hold of cannabis from the neighbouring country.
“People can just go over the fence to the other side, get the drugs and come back. If the police or even the defence force can patrol from time to time it would help to reduce the amount of drugs coming into the area,” he said.
The councillor said it would also help if the border fence height were increased to 1.8 metres from the current 1.3 metres.
Kharuxab further said border posts are important and those who are stationed there should have access to necessities like the internet and a cellphone network.
“The applicable ministries should make sure that those who work at the border have quality services if these ministries expect them to deliver quality services,” he said.
He added that it is not fair that after 29 years of independence people at the border post have no access to a cellphone network or the internet and have to travel 35 kilometres to Aroab to access such services.
“We cannot just depend on South Africa. Yes we are brother and sister but after 29 years of independence something should be done. We need to upgrade and make sure that those at our borders have what they need or want,” Kharuxab said.