Sisulu in DRC for elections

2011-11-25 13:02

Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will today finalise what is expected of South African officials assisting in the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Independent Electoral Commission has asked Sisulu to provide military planners, helicopters and infrastructure to ensure ballot papers are distributed to all voting stations.

“Ordinary Congolese see this as an opportunity to move forward, to strengthen their democracy and to put away their history of violence and focus on building their society and economy,” Sisulu said at the International Defence Review Seminar in Cape Town.

However, it was also important for the strengthening of democracy in the Southern African Development Community and Africa, she said.

South Africa has sent 1 000 soldiers and a team of senior generals to the DRC.

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