Zuma in Tanzania for Burundi talks

2015-05-31 15:00
President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Leanne Stander/Foto24

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Leanne Stander/Foto24

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Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma on Sunday arrived in Tanzania to attend an emergency summit on the political crisis in Burundi, the Presidency said.

“The President has been invited to the emergency summit of the East Africa Community as a special guest” said the Presidency in a statement.

His invitation was “in recognition of the pivotal role South Africa had played in the negotiations that succeeded in bringing peace and stability to Burundi following the civil war in that country.”

Agence-France Presse reported that at least 30 people have been killed in Burundi, since late April, following violent anti-government protests which included an attempted coup.

According to the news agency, opposition parties are angry about President Pierre Nkurunziza’s plans to stand for a third consecutive term in office, a move they see as unconstitutional. 

Parliamentary elections are scheduled for 5 June and an presidential poll for 26 June.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete convened Sunday’s meeting following visits by various foreign ministers in the region to Burundi, as well as Burundian refugee camps in Tanzania and Rwanda. A report on their visits will be discussed.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane is also attending the summit.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently on a working visit to Kenya and South Sudan. As such, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is currently acting President of SA.

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