There are currently 26 African countries with military representation at embassies and high commissions in South Africa – seven more than South Africa has posted on the continent.
Accepting credentials from new heads of diplomatic missions last month, President Jacob Zuma said South Africa attached the greatest importance to continental bodies such as the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Regional Development Community (SADC). This has seen South African military attaches posted to 19 cities on the continent.
African countries with military level representation at embassy and high commission level in South Africa are Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (Republic), Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) listing of the 58 foreign countries represented in South Africa shows by far the majority of military attaches and advisors are either colonels or naval captains with a few exceptions such as wing commander, brigadier and, in one instance, simply “general”.