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    27 Jan, 2022

    SARPCCO chief pays courtesy call on SADC Secretariat

    The Chairperson of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (SARPCCO), General Khehla John Sithole, who is also the Commissioner of the South Africa Police Service (SAPS), paid a courtesy call on the SADC Secretariat on 26 January 2022 in Gaborone, Botswana.

    Speaking during the courtesy call, Gen Sithole shared his vision during his tenure as the Chairperson, envisaging SARPCCO as the regional policing model of the world where innovation and creativeness permeate and drive all its operations. He urged the Southern African Development Community Region (SADC) to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to fighting Transnational Organised Crime (TOC). To this end, he emphasised the need to curtail the modus operandi rather than reacting to symptoms of crime.

    The SARPCCO chief also highlighted the regional strategies lined up to counter the threat of emerging and TOCs, including terrorism which have to be commonly and effectively implemented.

    He further underlined the need for policing institutions in the Region to embrace and adopt technology in the fight against crime, taking into cognisance that criminality is going virtual and perpetrators are increasingly using the cyber space to spawn their heinous activities.

    Speaking on behalf of the SADC Executive Secretary, the Director of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Affairs, Mr. Jorge Cardoso, congratulated the SAPS Commissioner for taking up the Chairpersonship of SARPCCO while reassuring the Secretariat’s readiness to assist and facilitate the implementation of key decisions and policies towards combating TOC.

    Mr Cardoso highlighted the significant role the police sector plays in the socio-economic development of the Region through preventing and combating emerging and TOCs.  He also emphasised the need for the Region to heighten implementation of the existing regional mechanisms in order to effectively address the emerging threats to peace and stability in the Region, amongst others, the strategy to prevent and TOCs; the Counter Terrorism Strategy and its Action Plan (recently revised); as well as the Protocol on the Control of Small Arms, Ammunition and other Related Materials. 

    Gen. Sithole was accompanied by the acting head of the Interpol Regional Bureau in Harare (SARPCCO coordination Office), Mr. Ignatius Nangombe; Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga, Deputy National Commissioner, Crime Detection; Lt. Gen. Mothala and Brigadier Sounderajan Naidoo, Spokesperson for the National Commissioner.

    The Director of the Organ was accompanied by Senior Officer Police/SARPCCO, Ms. Thanyani Gumede; Transnational Organised Crime Officer, Ms Barbra Mchenga; and SARPCCO Liaison Officer, Mr Simbarashe Manjera.

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