Unexploded military ordnance “seriously injures” Limpopo man
The dangers posed by unexploded ordnance have again been brought forcibly home with serious injuries sustained by a resident of a village close to the Madimbo training area in Limpopo. An official SA National Defence Force (SANDF) statement indicates the person was illegally in possession of the unexploded ordnance, without explaining what it was. The Madimbo training area is largely an infantry training area and live fire exercises using assault rifles, grenade launchers and mortars are regularly undertaken. The danger posed by unexploded ordnance is well recognised and the SANDF clearly signs and fences all its ranges along with posted warnings as well as warning people not to venture onto ranges and not to pick up unexploded ordnance. The SANDF points out that “it is illegal for any unauthorised person/s to enter a military establishment without permission. This will lead to arrest and prosecution regardless of the reasons for the unauthorised entry”. The incident at Madimbo is being investigated with a view to preventing similar ones in the future.