SANDF anti-piracy ops extended

Cape Town - The deployment of SA National Defence Force members taking part in anti-piracy operations off East Africa has been extended for a year, the presidency announced on Tuesday.

“President Jacob Zuma has informed Parliament that he has extended the employment of members of the SANDF for service in fulfilment of international obligations... towards the Southern African Development Community (SADC),” it said in a statement.

File photo: SA National Defence Force members participate in a training exercise. Credit: Reuters

A total of 220 SANDF members were active in Mozambican and Tanzanian waters, as well as international waters, and were “still monitoring and deterring piracy” along the Indian Ocean coast.

“They were employed for the period April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, and the employment has now been extended to March 31, 2015.”