Sisulu in Harare


Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu yesterday led a delegation of South African ministers to the 4th session of the Zimbabwe/RSA Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security.

he Permanent Commission evaluated progress made by both countries since the 3rd meeting held in South Africa in November 2007.

The Commission looked at common issues of Defence and Security, among them progress on de-mining the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, coordinated patrols along the border, preparation and launch of the SADC Standby Brigade, exchange programmes and cooperation during the 2010 soccer World Cup as well as efficient border management.

The Commission also studied counter-drug trafficking measures, prevention of stock theft, joint operations to stop armed robberies, management of deportation and Beitbridge border post efficiency.

Sisulu was joined by the Minister of Correctional Services Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Minister of Police Nathi Mthetwa, Minister of State Security Dr Siyabonga Cwele, Deputy Minister of Justice Andries Nel and Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Thabang Makwetla.