1 President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is pleased with the progress made by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on a number of issues of regional importance it is dealing with, including the reform process in the Kingdom of Lesotho, the conflict in Mozambique , the establishment of the SADC Logistics Center and the Counter-Terrorism Center.
2 President Ramaphosa said this at the conclusion of his working visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he led a South African delegation to the 42nd Ordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on August 16-17.
4 On the reform process in the Kingdom of Lesotho, President Ramaphosa said he was pleased with the positive report presented by Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro which serves as a true milestone in Basotho life.
5 SADC and South Africa played a very important role in bringing peace and normalcy to the Kingdom of Lesotho.
6 President Ramaphosa said that SADC was also satisfied with the progress made in pushing back insurgents in the Cabo Delgado area of the Republic of Mozambique and that SADC reaffirmed its “full commitment to supporting the people of Mozambique”.
7 “What was nice was that people who had fled from the various areas of Cabo Delgado are now returning home, with greater confidence that SADC has been helping them bring peace,” said President Ramaphosa.
8 President Ramaphosa said that he too was pleased with the progress made by SADC in establishing its Logistics Center in the Republic of Botswana that will help countries in the region deal with emergency situations.
10 Regarding the logistics center, President Ramaphosa said, “We will be able to implement the various assistance measures when there are situations where our armed forces need to intervene, so there must be a good logistics depot or where there are other forms of emergency.”
12 He said he was happy that SADC set up a fact-finding mission in Eswatini and their decision to send a panel of elders “to go and find effective ways to deal with the situation.”