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S'bu calls for fight against piracy

By Mhlaba Memela | Oct 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Transport Minister S'bu Ndebele has called on African ministers to rally together to fight piracy, human trafficking and the dumping of toxic wastes in Africa's coastal waters.

Speaking at the opening of the second African Union Maritime Conference at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban yesterday, he said they (ministers) were making significant strides on road safety but skies and maritime remained a huge challenge.

Ndebele, pictured, said although South Africa has developed one of the most effective public road safety campaigns, it was still faced with a high number of deaths on the roads.

Ndebele said: "Illegal activities including the trafficking of drugs and other contraband goods in maritime and skies have increased. At the back of our minds, we also cannot be certain that our aviation does not face the threats of attacks by those who seek to destabilise our progress.

"It is only through a global response that we can truly hope to deal decisively with these challenges."


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