President Cyril Ramaphosa will host a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Organ Troika on Tuesday to discuss the progress of the deployment of forces in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado region.
The SADC Standby Force was deployed in July to assist Mozambican forces to fight an insurgency that has troubled the resource-rich region since 2017.
Presidents Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, Hage Geingob of Namibia and Mozambique’s Filipe Jacinto will be in attendance.
The Standby Force, which consists of troops from Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia and Angola, have enjoyed some success on the mission so far with 20 insurgents have been killed.
One of the key bases for the Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah group was destroyed last month in an operation. Unfortunately, the force suffered four casualties, one soldier died and three were injured.
The Troika agenda will include how to support the SADC Mission in Mozambique in order to ensure stability and peace is achieved in the region.
On Monday, technical experts and senior officials from the national security and defence clusters are meeting as a prelude to the Tuesday meeting.
The committee assessed the threat of the insurgency to the SADC region in April.
In the past, Mozambique has rejected regional intervention.
The attacks in Palma, in which one South African man was killed, and the SADC extraordinary summit that followed, marked a turning point.
Video: Institute of Security Studies concerned over the growing insurgency in Mozambique: