SOUTH AFRICA HOPEFUL TALKS IN DR CONGO WILL LEAD TO ELECTION DATE

South Africa is hopeful that the ongoing talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government and the opposition will culminate in an election date being set, says Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula who is on a visit to this country.

The presidential polls were postponed in 2016 and President Joseph Kabila cited financial and logistical constraints.

On the second day of her visit Thursday to parts of the DRC where South African troops are deployed with a United Nations peace-keeping mission the eatsern DRC, Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula re-affirmed Pretoria’s commitment to ensuring peace and stability in the run-up to elections, especially in volatile parts of the country.

Kabila first took office in 2001. In 2006, a new constitutional provision limited the presidency to two terms and his mandate ended in December, 2016.

Current negotiations will determine when the DRC will next go to the polls but there is mixed sentiment on the ground on whether an election will be possible in 2017.

As the Congo’s political future remains uncertain, South Africa is reiterating calls for peaceful solutions and respect for the constitution.

Mapisa-Nqakula said the next summit of heads of state of the Southern African Development Community, a 15-nation sub-regional bloc in which the DRC is a members, to be held in Swaziland next week will have to discuss the political instability in the DRC.

She maintains that the region should ensure that peace and stability reigns in this country and says President Jacob Zuma will be briefed about what needs to be attended to as the region engages in helping the DRC hold elections this year.

“I will be able to brief the Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force (President Zuma) some of the pertinent challenges which our people have come across,” she added.

“One of those when we have been receiving the reports for instance yesterday is that you have areas in the east here where the very rebels are the ones who are conducting voter registration that should say something about the dynamics of the political environment in this part of the country.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICA HOPEFUL TALKS IN DR CONGO WILL LEAD TO ELECTION DATE

South Africa is hopeful that the ongoing talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government and the opposition will culminate in an election date being set, says Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula who is on a visit to this country.

The presidential polls were postponed in 2016 and President Joseph Kabila cited financial and logistical constraints.

On the second day of her visit Thursday to parts of the DRC where South African troops are deployed with a United Nations peace-keeping mission the eatsern DRC, Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula re-affirmed Pretoria’s commitment to ensuring peace and stability in the run-up to elections, especially in volatile parts of the country.

Kabila first took office in 2001. In 2006, a new constitutional provision limited the presidency to two terms and his mandate ended in December, 2016.

Current negotiations will determine when the DRC will next go to the polls but there is mixed sentiment on the ground on whether an election will be possible in 2017.

As the Congo’s political future remains uncertain, South Africa is reiterating calls for peaceful solutions and respect for the constitution.

Mapisa-Nqakula said the next summit of heads of state of the Southern African Development Community, a 15-nation sub-regional bloc in which the DRC is a members, to be held in Swaziland next week will have to discuss the political instability in the DRC.

She maintains that the region should ensure that peace and stability reigns in this country and says President Jacob Zuma will be briefed about what needs to be attended to as the region engages in helping the DRC hold elections this year.

“I will be able to brief the Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force (President Zuma) some of the pertinent challenges which our people have come across,” she added.

“One of those when we have been receiving the reports for instance yesterday is that you have areas in the east here where the very rebels are the ones who are conducting voter registration that should say something about the dynamics of the political environment in this part of the country.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK