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Forty-four SANDF officers deployed as foreign military representatives

The country has, according to President Jacob Zuma, 126 foreign missions operating either as embassies, or in the case of Commonwealth countries, as high commissions. Alphabetically they start in Algeria and go through to Zimbabwe.

While the SANDF said it cannot divulge information on particular attaché deployments as this was privileged information, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) shows there are South African military officers in 19 African countries. South Africa does not have direct military representation at the 54-member strong African union, headquartered in Addis Ababa. The country’s military interests are looked after by the attaché based in Ethiopia where a brigadier general is the senior military attaché supported by a colonel and a third secretary (defence), a senior warrant officer.

According to DIRCO, South Africa maintains a permanent mission in New York where a colonel is listed as a defence advisor to the United Nations.

In Africa, South African diplomatic missions with defence representation are, in addition to Ethiopia, Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

South Africa’s membership of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) does not at this stage stretch to having a military attaché or defence advisor in India although senior officers are based in Brazil (a brigadier general and a major), Russia (a colonel) and China (a brigadier general, colonel and senior warrant officer).

Available: http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=38198;forty-four-sandf-officers-deployed-as-foreign-military-representatives&catid=111;sa-defence&Itemid=242 

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