South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation handed over the package worth 55 million Rands to her Zimbabwean counterpart, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo at the South African Embassy on Tuesday 12 February afternoon.
The donation was made just after the successful two-day Zimbabwe-South Africa Bi-National Commission Summit held in Harare.
The area of police training and skilling is one of the areas identified in the Montlanthe Commission on last year’s post-election violence which President Emmerson Mnangagwa is implementing among a raft of other reforms and the donation is meant to empower the Police force.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Minister Sisulu expressed hope that the donation would be on an ongoing basis.
“The package that comes from myself is to assist through you minister in the training of the police and in making sure that they have the necessary protective gear to make sure they are equipped. We have realised they are very busy,” she said.
“The initial sum that we could find from our reserves is $55 million Rand which we are now signing off. We are hoping that we can continue in this relationship and we are glad that you reached out to us.”
Foreign Affairs Minister, Lt General (Rtd) Dr Sibusiso Moyo, thanked South Africa for the kind gesture.
“The fulcrum of any economic development between two nations especially and the success of the Bi-National Commission is centred on stability and effective and acceptable means of ensuring and enforcing law and order within any country so that business can flourish and the economic emancipation of people can then be realised and ultimately this is what we are aiming to do,” he said.
“In accepting this particular support of 55 million Rand I would like to state that this is quite a clear testimony of what our brothers and sisters in South Africa can do in order to enhance the capacity of areas and gaps which could have been identified.
“When a neighbour’s house catches fire you don’t ask who caused it. You just go and extinguish the fire and later on you can then investigate who exactly did it when it has been extinguished.’’
The South African Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister was also accompanied by a Humanitarian Organisation Gift of Givers Foundation which donated drugs, wheelchairs and food items to the Zimbabwean Government.