A porous border: that’s what stands between SA and Isis

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A porous border: that’s what stands between SA and Isis

SA and Mozambique are in talks, says Dirco, as Isis tightens its grip on gas-rich Cabo Delgado

Ryan Cummings

Minister of international relations and co-operation (Dirco) Naledi Pandor noted in an interview with the SABC on May 22 that SA and Mozambique were in discussions regarding the security situation in the latter’s Cabo Delgado province.

Here, in Mozambique’s gas-rich province, a shadowy Islamist extremist insurgency has violently emerged, exacting violence against civilian and state interests, and threatening an expectant boon from the region’s fledgling liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.

Bilateral talks between SA and Mozambique came off the back of a South African Development Community (SADC) meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe, on 19 May. The undertone of the SADC summit organised to discuss the Cabo Delgado insurgency was perhaps best defined by a statement made by Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who declared: “Any attack on one SADC member is an attack on the other members,” a defiant warning to Mozambique’s so-called Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah (ASWJ) movement, which has formerly been accepted as an affiliate of the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria...

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