SA congratulates Kabila on DRC win

2011-12-19 20:41
Johannesburg - The South African government congratulated Joseph Kabila on his election as president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Monday, the international relations department said.

"In this regard, the South African Government wishes to reaffirm its desire to further enhance its strong relations with the DRC," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

Monyela said the government of SA would continue to work with the DRC on devising mechanisms and processes to ensure rapid development in bilateral projects for mutual benefit.

"South Africa remains committed to a strategy of post-conflict reconstruction and development in the DRC that is aligned with that of the African Union."

Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will represent SA at the presidential inauguration on Tuesday.

DRC opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who lost the election in November according to official results, insisted on Sunday he was the "president elect".

The move heightened tensions in the country where the poll result that handed Kabila another five-year term has sparked violent protests and looting in the capital.

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