The SADC region remains peaceful and stable
5 August 2016
South African International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers has concluded his participation in the 18th meeting of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ(MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.
Held in Maputo, Mozambique, the two-day meeting was to receive progress reports on the implementation of the decisions made at the 17th meeting of the MCO.
The MCO meets annually and is comprised of Ministers responsible for Foreign Affairs, Defence, Public and State Security, and Corrections/Prisons from SADC member states.
Deputy Minister Landers was accompanied by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and the Deputy Minister of Correctional Services Thabang Makwetla.
The meeting, which concluded on Friday, 5 August 2016 reviewed the political and security situation in the region, progress in the implementation of its previous decisions, and the operationalisation of its structures.
“The Ministers noted that the region has remained peaceful and stable due to the fact that SADC member states continue to adhere to democratic values and practices.
In this regard, the MCO commended the people of Tanzania and Seychelles for holding free, fair, transparent, credible and peaceful elections in October and December 2015, respectively,” said the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
The annual meeting of Ministers also deliberates on the achievements, challenges and strategic issues in relation to SADC cooperation in the area of peace and security.
The smuggling of migrants and trafficking of persons, cross-border poaching, rhino and elephant security as well as the proliferation of small arms and light weapons were some of the other issues discussed at the meeting.
Meanwhile, decisions taken at the MCO will be submitted for consideration and adoption at the SADC Heads of State Summit scheduled for 30-31 August 2016 in the Kingdom of Swaziland.