South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday handed over chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ for Peace, Politics, Defence and Security to his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi following South Africa’s one year tenure.
“During our tenure as the Chair of the Organ, we led six SADC Electoral Observer Missions to the Republics of Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius, Zambia and to the Kingdom of Lesotho,” said Zuma.
The president praised the continued growth and deepening of democracy in the SADC region as demonstrated by the peaceful elections and increased participation of citizens in the choice of their governments and leaders.
South Africa took over the one year tenure at the last Summit in Harare, Zimbabwe last year.
He said SADC regional structures have developed a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy, and addressed other threats to regional stability such as the risks of natural disasters, poverty and underdevelopment.
Zuma handed over the chair at the 35th SADC Summit taking place in Gaborone, Botswana, his office said. Enditem