The SA-Botswana Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS) has resolved to step up cooperation in the joint fight against crime.
The meeting also condemned the ongoing mass theft of non-ferrous metals such as copper, labelling it a threat to the national security of both states.
The 8th session of the JPCDS ended in Cape Town on Saturday. A final communiqué noted that the JPCDS “acknowledged that the continued interaction and co-operation between the defence and security services of the two nations was an invaluable mechanism for ensuring security and stability as well as economic growth in both countries.”
“To this end, the commission resolved that cooperation between South Africa and Botswana in the fight against crime should be enhanced.
“The commission further noted that the fight against crime such as trafficking of illegal firearms, stock theft, theft of motor vehicle, cross border smuggling of live predators and wildlife products like ivory be intensified,” the communiqué added.
· The SA delegation to the talks was led by the Defence minister Charles Nqakula and comprised ministers Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (Home Affairs), Siyabonga Cwele (Intelligence), Enver Surty (Justice and Constitutional Development), Nathi Mthethwa (Safety and Security) and deputy ministers Fezile Bhengu (Defence) and Lorretta Jacobus (Correctional Service).
· The delegation of the Republic of Botswana was led by the Minister for Defence, Justice and Security Dikgakgamatso Seretse and comprised the Minister of Home Affairs Peter Siele and senior government officials.