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South Africa warns about sea pirates

By Sapa | Mar 16, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 50 ]

The threat of piracy is moving south towards South Africa, the SA Navy says

Chief maritime strategy director Bernhard Hein Teuteberg said the navy was prepared to deal with this threat.

The key to fighting pirates was collective Southern African Development Community (SADC) security, he said.

Teuteberg was briefing reporters in Simon’s Town, Cape Town, on the state of the navy.

“We have proposed a maritime zone and regional maritime domain zone centres, all working together to exchange information.” 

Information about vessels moving around South Africa would start being centralised on a system from April 1. This information would hopefully be shared with centres in the region.

South Africa formalised diplomatic ties with Somalia on Wednesday, which would likely help anti-piracy efforts.

Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa had also been working together for the past year to secure the channel between the mainland and Mozambique.

Under “Operation Copper”, a frigate and a helicopter, special forces and a maritime squad had been deployed.

Mozambique was providing a naval base in Pemba at no cost, and 12 inland control vessels, to protect the lagoon and area around the base.

Three Tanzanian vessels were patrolling inshore areas around Dar es Salaam, and between Mozambique and Tanzania.

Beaches in hot spots were being patrolled on foot, and local communities were ready to report any suspicious activity.

Teuteberg said once pirates were arrested it could be difficult deciding who dealt with their criminal prosecution.

“It would be potentially unwise to do the trials and incarcerations of pirates here [in South Africa]. We believe [though that] there should be a single point where these trials happen.” 


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I pray that the Pirates would reach our harbours, get to Gauteng and remove all those s.h.i.t.t.y toll gates, By fire by force.

Mar 19, 2012 7:48 | 0 replies

Give Bheki Cele the post of Navy Commander, I think this one will suit him very much, there will be no building to rent in the sea.
Please no, the good general will rent a few air craft carriers before we can say sink!

Mar 16, 2012 2:14 | 0 replies

Just a quick question, does anyone know if our ships are insured against damage or sinking??

I hear from a connected source that the Captain of one of the ships (eight years experience on the ship) has been replaced by a politically appointed cadre. I hope he knows what he is doing as he is responsible for the crews lives and a very valuable ship!!

That said, I am happy that our navy is helping out. It is much better than letting the ships sit idle in harbour.

Mar 16, 2012 2:12 | 0 replies

Give Bheki Cele the post of Navy Commander, I think this one will suit him very much, there will be no building to rent in the sea.
--------------------------------------LoL post of the day, lol

Mar 16, 2012 1:25 | 0 replies


Motaung has revealed that tomorrow he will be dealing with both inland and sea robbers once and for all.
He mentioned that there will be no need for SA Navy he will take care of this one.

Mar 16, 2012 1:20 | 0 replies

Irvin Khoza is behind this..

Mar 16, 2012 1:12 | 0 replies

Give Bheki Cele the post of Navy Commander, I think this one will suit him very much, there will be no building to rent in the sea.

Mar 16, 2012 1:10 | 0 replies

What was the arms deal for, time to show investment use the frigade to defend not meant for display & anniversary parades!! Or it is against human rights to send our Navy to combats ?

Mar 16, 2012 12:38 | 0 replies

now I am convinced that Luthuli house gave instructions to Sowetan to block comment on zuma and malema articles, cause it is clear who is the most popoular or the 2 lol and as zuma's ego is so huge his lapdogs aka sowetan are curtailing fr#espeech cause they dont' want to hurt fragile feelings of president gupta.

Mar 16, 2012 12:34 | 0 replies

100% correct, I am in this organisation and its axactly less than circus in organising.

Mar 16, 2012 12:22 | 0 replies

The Pirates are an extension of Alshabaab and al-Qaeda in Somalia
This money is used to procure armaments from various countries like Russia and China.
Due to lack of proper gorvanance in Somalia, there are many radical groups in that country which perpetuate Piracy.

Mar 16, 2012 12:18 | 0 replies