The South African government is mulling plans to deploy drones along it’s “porous” borders to keep out illegal immigrants.
This was revealed by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Sunday.
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Mapisa-Nqakula was addressing the media at the ANC headquarters as part of the party’s manifesto briefing on peace and stability. She said:
We have reached a point where we believe we should not be moaning about the number of companies (military units), the numbers of warm bodies, you have on the borderline.
We should now … look at innovative ways, look at technology. For instance, SA is a big producer of unmanned aerial vehicles and we are now looking into that.
We think that through this, we will be able to win the war against illegal migration; we will be able to win the war against porous borders.
South Africa is set to hold general elections on the 8th of May 2019.
The election will be to choose a new National Assembly and new provincial legislatures in each province.
This will be the sixth election held since the end of the apartheid system in 1994.