SA in “conversation” with Mozambique on Op Copper

Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) heard the South African military, in all probability in the form of the Joint Operations Division, “prompted a conversation” with Mozambique as regards the “modus operandi and execution” of the regional anti-piracy tasking Operation Copper.

In what a committee member termed “a masterstroke of under-statement” given the volatile situation in northern Mozambique where beheadings, widespread intimidation and the capture of villages, towns and ports are common, the briefing points to a reconsideration of operations in the existing mandate of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) anti-piracy initiative.

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