ISDSCInter-State Defence and Security Committee (South Africa)
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The ISDSC has agreed on a Mutual Defence Pact which aims to prevent conflict in the region and reflects a collective approach to security.
Another priority agreed on by the ISDSC is the building of capacity of African institutions for early warning.
This is shown in how very much less frequently its coordinating committee, the ISPDC, has met in comparison with its sister body dealing with defence sector issues, the ISDSC within the OPDS (Van Schalkwyk and Cilliers, 2004: 109).
This limits the level of cooperation of the ISPDC and heightens the role given to the ISDSC. Even though there are instances when SADC at a political level has taken decisive action (such as when Madagascar was suspended from membership after a coup in 2009), such collective action is not the norm.
4.1.3 In order to ensure effective conduct of peace support operations the ISDSC established a Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre in Zimbabwe.
--Activation of the structures of the ISDSC to provide for regional intelligence and security co-ordination.
--Manage the effective implementation of the Aliens Control Act of 1995, Activation of the structures of the ISDSC to provide for regional intelligence and security co-ordination.
On 27 October 1999 an extraordinary ministerial meeting of ISDSC and the SADC Council of (Foreign) Ministers, issued a recommendation reiterating that the OPDS should be considered to be part of SADC and that it should report to the SADC Summit.
South Africa is a member of SADC and the ISDSC, and participates in common security arrangements under the auspices of these bodies
18.3 The Inter-State Defence and Security Committee (ISDSC), comprising the ministers responsible for defence, policing and intelligence, which reports to the Organ.
The SADC and its relevant structures, the Organ for Politics, Defence and Security and the Inter-State Defence and Security Committee (ISDSC) will provide the future framework for co-operation and assistance for peace initiatives and co-operative security in southern Africa.
-- the Interstate Defence and Security Committee (ISDSC) Ministerial Task Force on Border Control; and