Ramaphosa to file report on Mozambican troop deployment this week – SABC News


President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead a delegation to the 42nd Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to be held this week in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Ramaphosa, who is the current chairman of the SADC Organ on Politics, Security and Defence, will table a report on the deployment of SADC troops in Mozambique.

Cabo Delgado province has seen continuous attacks by insurgents who have terrorized the area since 2017.

South Africa’s Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, said the attacks are continuing and leaders of SADC countries will discuss this security challenge.

“We will be reporting on progress with the promised deployment as well as providing support to our personnel from the various SADC countries as well as the bilateral partnership that Mozambique has with Rwanda – they have been working closely with our SADC forces,” said the minister.

Pandor Chairs SADC Ministerial Meeting:

Pandor notes that terrorist groups from the region continue to operate in Mozambique’s northern province and harm communities. She says the intergovernmental organization will consider other measures and interventions that may be available to address this problem.

In May, she spoke at a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the African Union where she expressed her displeasure at the slow response of SADC countries to intervene in the issue of the insurgency in Mozambique.

This year’s SADC Summit will be themed on promoting industrialization through agribusiness, mineral beneficiation and regional value chains for inclusive and resilient economic growth, and will consider progress of regional integration in line with SADC aspirations as outlined in the organisations. Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan 2020-2030 as well as Vision 2050, both of which envision a peaceful, inclusive, competitive, middle-to-high income industrialized region where all citizens enjoy sustainable economic well-being, justice and of freedom.


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