President Jacob Zuma Bemoans Political Violence In Congo


On behalf of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma expressed distress over the political violence in Congo. 

President Zuma is concerned that the political violence in the country would undermine the hard-won democratic gains the country achieved in its past two elections.

His Excellency said it’s uncool that the recent violent incidences caused deaths, injuries to many and physical damages to infrastructures.

With that, he extended his condolence to the families of those who lost their lives and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.

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To avoid further violence, Mr. Zuma charged the parties of the country to take part in the Inclusive National Dialogue facilitated by Mr Edem Kodjo on behalf of the African Union (AU).

The National Dialogue which is backed by regional and international institutions was designed to usher in peace in the Central Africa country.

“We continue to call on all parties to exercise restraint and to take urgent steps to end the violence and restore the protection given to the people of DRC through its Constitution.

South Africa which has partnered with the people of the DRC for the past two and half decades continues to provide support to the people of the DRC to achieve lasting and sustainable peace, security and development in the country,” said Mr. President.

The political violence in Congo has seen the headquarters of several opposition parties torched.

South Africa’s opposition party DA condemned the crisis yesterday and urged President Zuma to work and ensure that human rights are upheld. And, a peaceful resolution found in order to thrive the democratic will of the people.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has called on the authorities of the troubled nation to effectively manage the crisis and stop further abuse of human right.

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The violence erupted after thousands took to the streets of Kinshasa on Monday to oppose an election delay.

To the protesters, the delay is nothing but a ploy by President Joseph Kabila Kabange to stay in power after his mandate expires in December.

Kabila has been the leader of the country since 2001. Records have it that he occupied the position after the assassination of his father, Laurent Desire Kabila.

He was re-elected for a second term in 2011.