President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has expressed that he’s worried about the sufferings of the Western Sahara people.
As culled from a media statement from the Presidency, the President expressed concern for the Western Sahara people affirming that South Africa is strongly in support of the Saharawi people’s inalienable right to decolonisation and self-determination.
The statement divulged that President Zuma will host President Brahim Ghali of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) on Friday, 06 January 2017, for a Working Visit to the Republic of South Africa.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the essence of the visit is to deepen and strengthen the “already existing good political relations between the two countries, fortified by the strong historical ties dating back from the years of the struggle against colonialism and apartheid.”
“The protracted suffering of the people of Western Sahara and the current impasse in negotiations towards finding a durable solution to the struggle for self-determination remains a major concern for the South African Government and the continent of Africa.
“South Africa remains steadfast in its support for the Saharawi people’s inalienable right to decolonisation and self-determination, through a UN-supervised referendum, with the option of independence,” read the statement.
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Meanwhile, the Eurasia Group’s annual forecast of the political risks that are most likely to play out over the course of the year, wailed that the leadership failure in SA is deepening at the wrong time.
And, will undermine SA’s traditional role as a force for regional security.
“…Events in coming months will challenge regional stability.
“As Zimbabwe begins to prepare for its 2018 elections, this year will likely see a surge in opposition protests, which President Robert Mugabe will violently suppress.
“In 2008, then-South African President Thabo Mbeki helped broker a power-sharing deal when an election in Zimbabwe spun out of control. Today’s divided and distracted South Africa is much less able to repeat that role,” stated the report.