Navy chief warns of pirates

2011-10-27 22:13

Cape Town - African nations need to pool efforts to fight maritime security threats and to prevent pirates from other parts of the continent from heading south, South Africa's navy chief said on Thursday.

"The requirement for all stakeholders within our maritime zones to work together is fundamental," Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu told a conference on African coastal security.

"Without high-level political commitment and resource allocation as well as intervention within the economic, social and security domains, little will be achieved," he added.

Southern African countries recently adopted a maritime safety strategy that "came about because of the real threat" of piracy emerging in southern waters, he told AFP.

South Africa sent anti-piracy patrols off of neighbouring Mozambique after a ship was attacked in December 2010.

"We constantly have the presence in the Mozambican channel," said Mudimu.

Pressure

"We have with our presence there managed to repel this piracy perhaps to other areas where they serve as a safe haven for them for survive."

A threat of pirates, who have largely focused on the east coast and Gulf of Aden with a surge in west Africa, moving into South African waters and its busy shipping routes cannot be ruled out, he said.

"That's why what's important with us is that we have the ships at sea and our ships must be able to patrol the territorial waters," he said. "Because if you are not there at sea, somebody will occupy that space."

"If you weaken Mozambique, you weaken South Africa. If you weaken Angola, South Africa gets weaker and vice-versa," said Mudimu.

"So that's why I think we have a very strong region that shares a lot of commonality and the common strategy in terms of what it is that needs to be done to fight the menace that we are beginning to see in our waters."

The International Maritime Bureau said recently that piracy has reached record levels with 352 attacks reported worldwide so far this year.

- SAPA
Read more on:    mozambique  |  angola  |  sa  |  maritime  |  east africa  |  west africa  |  pirates  |  southern africa  |  military
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Love is in the air and it is swirling around you in a romantic mist. This may be an idealistic yearning for that perfect love or...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.