Saturday, May 21, 2022

South Africa, Botswana hold talks on Defence and Security

Botswana and South African delegates from respective ministries of Defence and Security last week converged on Marang Gardens in Francistown to discuss issues pertaining to defence, public and state security and reviewed the progress made in the implementation of resolutions passed at the previous 8th Session of the Commission held in Cape Town.

The Botswana delegation was led by Lesego Motsumi, the acting minister of Defense, Justice and Security while the South African delegation was led by Lindiwe Sisulu the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, along with Dr Siyabonga Cwele, who is the Minister of State Security and other Senior Government officials.

The commission expressed satisfaction with the commitment and cooperation demonstrated by operatives under defence, public and state security and encouraged the two countries to work together for the benefit of their people.

A press release issued over the meeting states that, among other discussions, issues relating to defence, prisons or correctional services, immigration services were also delved into.
There were also some discussions on the legal instruments relating to military health services and training, extradition as well as an exchange of prisoners and the enhancement of immigration and border arrangements, which were identified as priority areas.

The conference agreed on a work plan to address the cross-border crimes, such as human trafficking, drug smuggling and state security matters.

While the Botswana delegation applauded South Africa for successfully hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the South Africans countered by also applauding the Botswana government and the whole of SADC for the assistance and cooperation, which ensured that the 2010 FIFA World Cup Tournament became a success.

Other issues touched upon included the conducting of elections, the outcome of the visit to South Africa of President Ian Khama, the political and security situation of the SADC region and how the political challenges confronting the republic of Zimbabwe can be resolved.

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