Defence Legal Working Group meeting resumes
24 May 2012
By Kgabo Mashamaite
Photos: Ssgt Leonard Xaba (Engineering Terrain
A group of top legal minds from the Southern
African Developing Community (SADC) Defence
Forces are currently gathered in Centurion to
attend a two-day SADC Legal Work Group meeting.
The objective of the meeting, which runs from
23 to 24 May 2012, will focus on the review of
the SADC Defence and Security Protocol and
documents as well as the SADC strategic option
on combating illegal migration, smuggling of
migrants and trafficking of persons.
Delivering an opening address on behalf of C
SA National Defence Force, Maj Gen Segomotso
Mmono, Chief Defence Legal Services, conveyed
Gen Shoke’s appreciation to all delegates for
having honouring the call to grace the event.
“I am very much aware of the massive security
responsibilities that rest upon your shoulders
in your respective countries, yet you made time
to be here to contribute towards a course for
good that stands to benefit all of us as a
region. It is increasing difficult for SADC
members in the wake of economic storm to keep
their defence levels and comply with the
obligations of collective defence, however, SADC
region remains the fundamental cornerstone of
our security and an important contributor to
continental security with deeds. I therefore
urge all delegates present here to also engage
on these matters in order to come up with
realistic and sustainable solutions that will
ensure greater security for less money. Indeed,
we need to act together with more flexibility.”
Said Maj Gen Mmono who read a speech on behalf
of Gen Shoke who is away on official
During his scripture reading Chaplain (Rev)
Dr Tobias Masuku urged the delegates to strive
to get a fair balance between a fair treatment
and a reward.
Among the countries represented at the
meeting include: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho,
Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia,
Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Representatives of SADC Defence Forces getting themselves ready to deliberate on the review of the SADC Defence and Security Protocol and documents as well as the SADC strategic option on combating illegal migration, smuggling of migrants and trafficking of persons
Delegates attending a two-day SADC Legal Work Group meeting hosted by the SANDF Legal Services Division in Centurion on 23 May 2012.
Maj Gen Segomotso Mmono, C Defence Legal Services, delivering a keynote address on behalf of C SANDF Gen Solly Shoke, on the opening of a two-day SADC Legal Work Group meeting in Centurion on 23 May 2012.
Chaplain (Rev) Dr Tobias Masuku delivering a sermon to the delegates attending a two-day SADC Legal Work Group meeting hosted by the SANDF Legal Services Division in Centurion on 23 May 2012