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DRC leaders must keep peace: Zuma

2011-12-14 07:38

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has called on political leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo to keep peace in their country, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Tuesday.

She was speaking in Maputo at the conclusion of talks between Zuma and his Mozambican counterpart President Armando Guebuza.

Mashabane said the two heads of state discussed the presidential and legislative elections in the DRC.

"The two presidents have congratulated the declared winner of the presidential election, HE President Joseph Kabila Kabanga. At the same time, the presidents have urged political leaders in that country to act responsibly and refrain from making statements that would lead to violence."

Mashabane said an agreement confirming that a bi-national commission would be established was signed during the visit.

Other agreements signed dealt with hosting regular diplomatic consultations, forestry-based industries, arts and culture co-operation and the co-ordination of frequency bands.

A memorandum of understanding on communications, as well as one, along with Tanzania, on maritime security co-operation, were also processed. She said the countries had now signed over 60 bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding.

"South Africa has emerged in recent years as the main trading partner for Mozambique and its main source of foreign direct investment."

She said Mozambique was one of South Africa's top five trading partners in Africa.

About 80 businesspeople travelled with Zuma to Mozambique this week. A business forum between the two countries would be held on Wednesday.

Both presidents vowed to increase efforts by their ministries to deal with cross-border crime, maritime piracy, poaching and human trafficking.

Earlier, Zuma paid tribute to the acacia trees that line the streets of Mozambique's capital when he accepted the Freedom of the City of Maputo.

"It is this tree of Maputo that provided shade and shelter to many liberation fighters who sought refuge from its bosoms," he said, according to a statement issued by the presidency.

Mozambique hosted South African exiles, Zuma included, during the struggle against apartheid.

Comments
  • George - 2011-12-14 08:13

    Follow zoomer and he will show how to stuff up a country in 2 easy steps

  • Grant - 2011-12-14 08:17

    zoomer must be feeling a right d@@s after congratulating DRC on their elections earlier. This on top of his Libyan and other failures. Embarrassment to SA every time he opens his fat yap!

      Africa - 2011-12-16 10:15

      @Grant. ZUMA must stop his dealings in Congo meant for his own pocket!

  • Nitesh - 2011-12-14 09:07

    why dont u worry about peace in SA, u nitwit Zoomer....typical dumb ruler....

  • Joseph Kazadi - 2011-12-14 11:05

    Now this is to show just how zuma was part of this fraudelent Election while the observers,EU,UN and the congolese people are trying to the bottom Of the crisis what does he do he went on to congratulate Kabila just to create more tension than already are,I think zuma focus more on south africa Politics, he has no wisdom at all leave congo alone now And focus the polical future of ANC just shut up didn't u learn from libya this is our fight. Hands off We have suffed enough.

      Africa - 2011-12-16 10:18

      ZUMA has no qualities for a president! He is behaving like PAPA G! in Insidingo!

  • Joseph Kazadi - 2011-12-14 11:57

    Now this is to show just how zuma was part of this fraudelent Election while the observers,EU,UN and the congolese people are trying to the bottom Of the crisis what does he do he went on to congratulate Kabila just to create more tension than already are,I think zuma focus more on south africa Politics, he has no wisdom at all leave congo alone now And focus the polical future of ANC just shut up didn't u learn from libya this is our fight. Hands off We have suffed enough.

  • MastersVoice - 2011-12-14 13:21

    I suggest our Beloved President start practicing what he preaches. He can start by keeping the peace within his own organisation! On the other hand, we all know by now that he is more of a talker than a doer, his illicit bedroom antics being the exception...

  • Ndombasi - 2011-12-14 15:17

    Zuma must learn ethics to deal with other people especially during crisis. We know mr Zoom how Zimbabwe,Zambia and Mozambique did suffer during apartheid in your country but it seems you don't learn from that experience and subsequently your people are as rude as you are calling foreigners Makwere-kwere.We know that you are an intruder in DRC and you will not accept that country to prosper because it's a giant challenge to your "Limited South Africa" mr Zoom. Get focused and zoom good ideas to rebuild first your stagnant socio-economic permanent instabilities and "Zoom out out of DRC all together.Why do you not interferer with Zimbabwe affairs Apocalyptic Zoom?

      Africa - 2011-12-16 10:21

      ZUMA is like PAPA G of INSIDINGO! His dealings in Congo will not bring peace in Congo and the rest of Africa!

  • Ndombasi - 2011-12-14 16:57

    To mr Zuma. Over your dubious involvement with the DRC affairs,I'm sorry to stipulate that I don't assess that difference between you and mr Pik Botha.The latter did torture,maim and kill you at will (from what I read),transforming your country into a damnation to black people (I assume).But,you still had enough to eat and your country remained prosperous until independence.Unlike my country mr Zuma,you support and finance instability for your hidden goals.Your protege mr Kanambe (so-called Kabila real name)behaves exactly in the same way than Pik Botha but he is also destroying purposely the economic infrastructures of the DRC (contrary to Pik).Does Kanembe act according to your hatred advise,that of derailing the elephant? Well mr Zoom,since that you are in power, it looks like violins are not at the same tunes in your own backyard.South Africa of Pik Botha is no longer the same than yours.Please tell me,what's stopping you to deliver the goods and uplift the social standards of those who elected you? Unemployment,crimes,rampant prostitution,rape cases, hunger and diseases have infested your country (S.A. at war?).Unlike Kanambe who is a Rwandese in Congo,you are a true son of South Africa and you got everything to work well no doubt about that.Simply you don't have the physical aptitudes, skills,good judgement,direction and purpose of an entrepreneur, but at the same time you are only good in dancing in public.Shame mr Zoom,you lack the basic knowledge of diplomacy.

  • Africa - 2011-12-16 10:12

    ZUMA should get his fingers out of Congo or else the war to free Congo will be brought right at his door steps in South Africa! ANC should not allow ZUMA to misuse SA soldiers by sending them to Congo to defend ZUMA's fraudulent deals there! Today is reconciliation Day in South Africa!!!!

  • Africa - 2011-12-16 10:27

    ZUMA get the hell out of Congo!

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