Kabila 'mustn't attend Zuma's inauguration'

2014-05-22 13:46

(Simon Maina, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Cape Town – Congolese citizens living in South Africa are seeking to put pressure on South Africa not to invite the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila to the inauguration ceremony of President Jacob Zuma on Saturday.

This is in protest against what they term "massive" human rights abuses in DRC and in particular the use of rape as "a weapon of war" by Congolese armed forces, rebels and the numerous militia fighting over local control and the rich natural resources in the east.

Zuma is expected to be sworn in for a second term as president on Saturday following a "resounding" victory by the African National Congress (ANC) in the 7 May elections.

According to SouthAfrica.info, thousands, including current and former heads of state, are expected to attend the event to be held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

South Africa's democracy

Representatives of the Congolese Community of South Africa, told News24 that they were opposed to the invitation of Kabila as one of the delegates to grace the occasion.

"What is happening in DRC is more than what Boko Haram militants are doing in Nigeria. If South Africa's democracy is based on human rights principles, then they shouldn't allow Kabila to attend a ceremony where a democratically elected leader is sworn in," the group told News24.

They remained adamant Kabila was not a democratically elected leader and claimed that millions were suffering under his "dictatorship".

The group has since written a petition to the SA government citing the reasons why Kabila and Congo's Dennis Sassou Nguesso should not attend.

In a memorandum (a copy of which was made available to News24) sent to the Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, the Congolese said:  

"We believe that the inauguration of the president of South Africa is a democratic act, therefore all heads of state invited are surely representing the voice of their people which is a symbol and respect of democracy."

Constitutional process

They claimed thousands of people from the DRC were living as refugees in other countries as they felt they were not safe in their country.

"We would like to affirm going back to the 28th November 2011 elections, Kabila has never been elected by Congolese people," read the memorandum.

A few weeks ago, US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Kabila to respect a constitutional law which forbids him from seeking a new term in 2016 elections.

Reports say Kabila has been trying to alter the current constitution to allow him to contest the next elections.

An AFP report quoted Kerry as saying he believed it was clear to Kabila that the US felt very strongly that the constitutional process needed to be respected.

Kerry also announced that the US would provide funding of $30m "to support transparent and credible elections as well as recovery... programmes in eastern [Democratic Republic of] Congo".

Under Kabila's leadership, the lives of  thousands of Congolese’s, including activists, journalists and political activists, have been lost.
- News24
Read more on:    boko haram  |  john kerry  |  jacob zuma  |  congo  |  sa  |  drc  |  us  |  southern africa  |  central africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
63 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

7 tips for the ultimate family camping trip

Taking the kids on a camping trip can be one of the most memorable holidays they will ever have!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

BASE jump off the world’s tallest building!
Stand up paddler rides over shark!
Bear Grylls’ top 10 things kids should do outdoors
You HAVE to see this MTB Tsunami Fip!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

20% off Afrikaans books, music and DVDs. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Hot gaming titles – available for pre-order!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and more. Pre-order now!

Get a free eBook

Buy 3 eBooks and get the cheapest FREE. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Pushing too hard and doing too much may have left you feeling drained and overwhelmed. You may need time out to recharge and reset...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.