Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Leslie Mbula, has described the warm relations that exist between Zambian and South African defence forces as classic.
Mr Mbula observed that through the cooperation, the two forces were doing so much to enhance the already-existing cordial and friendly relations.
Mr Mbula was speaking today when Zambia Air Force (ZAF) Commander, Lieutenant General Samuel Mapala, paid a courtesy call on him at the Zambia High Commission Chancery in Pretoria, South Africa.
Mr Mbula said ever since he arrived in South Africa five years ago, he had noticed “something unique” about relations between the Zambian and South African defense forces.
“Zambia and South Africa are co-operating in many fields, be it economy, tourism etc, but l would describe the relations between the defense forces of the two countries as classic. They are collaborating in so many areas concerning defense matters and this is as it should be because in this way, they can learn a lot from each other,” Mr Mbula said.
And ZAF Commander, Lieutenant General Mapala, who is accompanied by his wife, Martha, arrived in Johannesburg earlier today as guest of South Africa Air Force (SAAF) Commander, Lieutenant General Carlo Gigiano.
Lieutenant General Mapala’s delegation consists of Brigadier General Monthah Chileshe and Brigadier General Manuel Chapewa, Defence Advisor at the Zambia High Commission in South Africa.
However, Lieutenant General Mapala thanked Mr Mbula for taking time to meet him and his delegation when he was supposed to be resting at home with his family.
He said his visit was a return visit after Lieutenant General Gigiano visited Zambia in 2005, adding that he hoped that his delegation would learn a lot from their South African counterparts and vice versa.
During the tour, which ends on Saturday when he returns home, Lieutenant General Mapala will hold bilateral discussions with his South African counterpart and visit the SAAF training and other defence facilities in Pretoria before flying to Cape Town.
On Tuesday, he would also visit the famous Robben Island where Former South African President, Nelson Mandela and other freedom icons, were incarcerated during the apartheid era.