Police Minister to improve border security

Nkosinathi Nhleko says his dept is fully focused on strengthening SA's borders.

FILE:Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko speaks at the release of the 2013/2014 annual crime statistics in Pretoria on 19 September 2014. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said his department is firmly focused on strengthening border security.

Nhleko said government is in the process of establishing a Border Management Agency.

In a briefing at Parliament on Thursday the minister added that border security operations must be integrated to be effective.

"The South African border environment is challenging and the huge flows give rise to this wide range of crimes, terrorism and other threats. Border security operations must be integrated to be effective and informed by intelligence."

Nhleko also announced details of a new committee to combat cyber threats.

He said a fully functional cyber response committee has been established to coordinate and monitor the development of policies and strategies to curb cyber-crime.

Nhleko said the cyber response committee has submitted policies that seek to strengthen government's ability to deal with cyber-crime.

He said these include policies that propose a cyber-security policy approach in South Africa.