‘SA playing its part in curbing maritime crime’

Ambassador Mxolisi Nkosi, deputy director-general of global governance and continental agenda at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

South Africa was playing an active role in combating transnational organised maritime crime, Ambassador Mxolisi Nkosi, the deputy director-general of global governance and continental agenda at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), told delegates at a United Nations Security Council debate on crime at sea in Vienna this week.

Maritime crime, Nkosi said, had had a significant impact on the African continent, affecting stability, security and the development of both coastal and inland countries.

Nkosi said that South African security and coastal patrols had confiscated numerous vessels and arrested countless people involved in illegal fishing and abalone poaching in SA waters.

“This denies South Africa millions of dollars of revenue and negatively affects the livelihoods of our coastal communities,” he said.

In cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the governments of Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa have entered into a trilateral agreement to counter drug trafficking on maritime routes in the Indian Ocean.

Nkosi said this agreement sought to intensify maritime surveillance capability, detection of illicit trafficking in the Indian Ocean, as well as enhance the security at ports and other points of entry in the region,” he said.


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