South Africa’s president to consult Zambia and DR Congo’s head of state

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa will undertake official visits to consult Presidents of the Republic of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th August.

These visits which will take place after addressing the Women’s Day national event at Mbekweni, Paarl, in the Western Cape are part of the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) long-standing tradition whereby newly-elected presidents’ pay courtesy visits to the leaders of neighbouring countries.

Speaking on behalf of the president, Khusela Diko said Ramaphosa would hold “consultative meetings” with Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu and Congo’s President Joseph Kabila. Adding that, “During the visits, President Ramaphosa and his counterparts will discuss bilateral cooperation as well as political and security developments in the region and continent.

In the company of a few minister’s, Ramaphosa would also extend his courtesy call to Zimbabwe on Sunday 12 August 2018, to attend the inauguration of President-Elect Emmerson Mnangagwa. It is expected that the SADC’s Heads of State’s will pay a particular focus on the latest political and security developments in the Region including the regional economic integration agenda in the SADC.

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of State Security Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, and Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will be part of Ramaphosa’s entourage.