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andrewza 30 Dec 16 03:14

a border wall on the cheap.

Durban – For hours the driver in a silver Isuzu double-cab attempted to jump the border.

Driving without the lights on, the man tried to find a spot in the fence along the border with Mozambique to slip across.

Each time his attempt was thwarted as car-tracking vehicles and SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel closed in on the hijacked car.

Hours earlier the Verulam-registered double-cab had been hijacked in Gauteng, and the race was on for the criminal syndicate to make it to Mozambique.

Eventually at 4am on November 27 the driver got desperate. He floored the accelerator and aimed the vehicle at the cattle fence that divides the border, but never made it.

The double-cab hit a line of boulders, and was trapped on a large rock. The driver escaped, but the recovered vehicle had become the latest success of Operation Ilitshe.

What had stopped the Isuzu was a weapon so simple many are surprised it works.

It is a line of rocks along sections of the fence line, and authorities say it has reduced the number of stolen vehicles crossing the border by a fifth.

Between Muzi and Farazela in northern KwaZulu-Natal is a 26km stretch of border where most of South Africa’s stolen and hijacked vehicles leave the country.

For a long time this has been smuggling territory. In the 1990s, gun runners brought weapons into South Africa. Criminals began trafficking drugs, contraband, humans and lately, vehicles.

Lieutenant-Colonel Wollie Wolmarans of Joint Operations KwaZulu-Natal tactical headquarters, said hijackers usually used one of two methods to cross the border.

Drusus Nero 30 Dec 16 03:53

All of which goes to prove that simplicity is best. The "KISS" principle will always dominate even the most electronic of battlefields.

I sincerely hope the authorities put a stop to this sort of illegality, and with low cost solutions, they will eventually make a difference.

Drusus Nero 30 Dec 16 03:56

Andrew, there is something wrong with the link.

andrewza 30 Dec 16 04:44

These links should work

MarkV 30 Dec 16 13:22

It's not a new idea back during the Iran Iraq war the Saudis did something similar to protect the perimeter of their Red Sea naval base off the Jeddah Rabigh road near Dahaban. They were bringing in munitions which were convoyed up the road through Yanbu and on to Iraq only they used concrete blocks not stones along the road side. Set back was the fence and in between was a mine field (well at least lots of discrete little signs set low down and each with a skull and cross bones, no one wanted to check further).

The Germans used the same technique in 1918 to protect their wire against tanks, again using concrete blocks, The tanks tended to drive between the blocks where AT mines were placed.

G David Bock 01 Jan 17 19:21

Once again we should look to those masters of colonialism and global hegemony, the UK ~ "British", this place India and time the 19th century;

Inland Customs Line

The Inland Customs Line which incorporated the Great Hedge of India (or Indian Salt Hedge[1]) was a customs barrier built by the British across India primarily to collect the salt tax. The customs line was begun while India was under the control of the East India Company but continued into the period of direct British rule. The line had its beginnings in a series of customs houses that were established in Bengal in 1803 to prevent the smuggling of salt to avoid the tax. These customs houses were eventually formed into a continuous barrier that was brought under the control of the Inland Customs Department in 1843.

The line was gradually expanded as more territory was brought under British control until it covered a distance of more than 2,500 miles (4,000 km), often running alongside rivers and other natural barriers. At its greatest extent it ran from the Punjab in the northwest until it reached the princely state of Orissa, near the Bay of Bengal, in the southeast. The line was initially made of dead, thorny material such as the Indian Plum but eventually evolved into a living hedge that grew up to 12 feet (3.7 m) high and was compared to the Great Wall of China. The Inland Customs Department employed customs officers, Jemadars and men to patrol the line and apprehend smugglers, reaching a peak of more than 14,000 staff in 1872. The line and hedge were considered to be an infringement on the freedom of Indians and in opposition to free trade policies and were eventually abandoned in 1879 when the tax was applied at point of manufacture. The salt tax itself would remain in place until 1946.

HELLO, Southern USA Border! ;)

Who says a Border Barrier/Wall/Fence can't take many forms? ... :smoke::cool:

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