Source: Ministry of Defence South Africa
In his remarks at the signing of the MOU, President Kikwete extended his appreciation to President Jacob Zuma and his counterpart Armando Guebuza of Mozambique for working together in combating piracy in the Southern tip of Indian Ocean.
Speaking on behalf of the Presidents concerned President Kikwete said “we will do everything possible to support our forces in combating piracy effectively…we have to keep our seas safe”. Delivering her speech at the signing ceremony Minister Sisulu said the three countries have “taken a lead in implementing the maritime strategy endorsed by Southern African Developing Community (SADC), we can keep our seas free from piracy”.
Today’s MOU gives right to the three forces to among other things, patrol, search, arrest, seize and undertake hot pursuit operations on any maritime crime suspect or piracy. The South African frigate, SAS Mendi is currently deployed along Mozambican channel to combat piracy activities.
The signing ceremony was attended by Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Mudimu, and the Tanzanian and Mozambican Military Command as well as delegations from respective countries.