JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Piracy does affect South Africa, even if the chances of pirate attacks in South African waters are very small, an expert said in the South African port of Durban on Wednesday.
Basil Ndlovu, a member of the Durban-based eThekwini Maritime Cluster, told East Coast Radio that as South Africa is a regional powerhouse, its navy is expected to respond to attacks by sea robbers anywhere in the Indian Ocean.
Ndlovu was speaking on the sidelines of a two-day workshop in Durban on maritime safety.
Delegates were discussing ways to reduce the impact of piracy in the Southern African region. Delegates were also being made aware of the latest technology in dealing with piracy.
Ndlovu said the South African navy recently responded to an incident off the Mozambican coast.
"There was one attempt at the Mozambican channel, air function was called and when our navy responded, the pirates disappeared," he said.
Ndlovu said the ship was already in distress, being attacked, but the pirates were not yet on board on the vessel.
They target vessel signalled to say they were being attacked, but the pirates fled when the South Africans arrived, said Ndlovu.
Mozambique is South Africa's east coast neighbor. Somali pirates have been making their presence felt in waters to the north.