Zim, SA to discuss border crime

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pretoria - South Africa and Zimbabwe are expected to discuss plans that will combat border related crimes during a ministerial meeting on defence and security in Harare on Thursday.

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Lindiwe Sisulu, who is leading the South African delegation, will arrive in Zimbabwe on Wednesday ahead of the 4th session of the Zimbabwe-South Africa Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security.

The commission will be looking at counter drug trafficking measures, prevention of stock theft, joint operations to stop armed robberies, management of deportation and Beitbridge border post efficiency, said the department.

The meeting will also evaluate progress made by both countries since the 3rd meeting held in South Africa in November 2007, as well as look at common issues of defence and security, among them progress on de-mining the Great Limpopo Transfonteir Park and coordinated patrols along the border.

Sisulu will be joined by Minister of Correctional Services Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula, Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of State Security Dr Siyabonga Cwele, Deputy Minister of Justice Andries Nel and Deputy Minister Thabang Makwetla.

The session will further discuss the preparation and launch of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Standby Brigade, exchange programmes and cooperation during the 2010 FIFA World cup and efficient border management