SA, Zimbabwe to hold defence, security talks


South Africa and Zimbabwe are today meeting to discuss common challenges faced by both countries in areas of defence and security as well as to propose solutions to the challenges.

The South Africa-Zimbabwe Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS), an annual bilateral meeting held to discuss matters of mutual concern, will meet on Wednesday for their 9th session.

The Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will officially open the session which will be preceded by a preparatory meeting of senior officials which ended yesterday.

The two countries share very strong relations which have been maintained since 1994 when bilateral relations between them were normalised.

The relations between the two have seen the signing of 27 Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and Agreements.
“The signing of the agreements has necessitated regular interaction between various South African government departments and Zimbabwean ministries including exchanges between the cabinet ministers of the two countries,” Defence and Military Veterans spokesperson Joy Peter said.

As members of the SADC region, South Africa and Zimbabwe also continue to play a constructive role in ensuring peace, security, stability and prosperity in the region, Peter added