Zuma, Kabila slam instability in east DRC

2012-10-23 14:43

Pretoria - South Africa President Jacob Zuma and his Congolese counterpart Joseph Kabila on Tuesday condemned forces destabilising the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, amid accusations that Rwanda and Uganda are backing a rebellion there.

In a statement after meeting in Pretoria, "the two leaders condemned in the strongest possible terms those forces that are involved in destabilising a sovereign state and called on them to cease their activities immediately".

For months, the eastern DRC region of North-Kivu has been in the grip of a rebellion launched by the Congolese Revolutionary Army (ARC), formerly known as the M23.

The group, formed by army mutineers, has challenged the authority of the central government and has been accused by rights groups of raping women and girls and carrying out summary executions as it battles the regular army.

A confidential United Nations report has said Rwanda and Uganda are arming and supporting the rebels. Both deny the accusations.

The issue appears to have dominated the Zuma-Kabila meeting, resulting a commitment to existing efforts by the Southern African Development Community and others to end the crisis.

The pair "took the opportunity to reflect extensively on the ongoing security instability of the eastern part of the DRC".

"The two presidents committed their respective governments to the regional efforts that are aimed at assisting the government of the DRC to deal with this security challenge."

  • cathy.dejongh.5 - 2012-10-23 15:13

    One more shiny thing to add to his sparkling character

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-23 15:17

    Why is it that everywhere a zuma has been, tragedy and unrest erupts periodically and frequently? Has the jest-setter Mbeki any answers to this fundamental African renaissance riddle? is the new impimpi lady in the AU throne disturbing issues in favoring a zuma direction already?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-23 15:47

    Yes. So besides expelling hot air, you will be doing what exactly to help stabelise the situation? Exactly what plan of action will you embark on? Nothing as usual, because you simply don't know what the hell to do, over there, or back here in your own country.

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-23 15:49

    The instability in South Africa, who is to be blamed Zoompie? I guess it is APARTHEID. Should be condemnd in the stongest possible terms. It sounds like the battle between the pot and the kettle?

      Fano Mcanyana - 2012-10-23 18:07

      well koDe or koeztie you can hate or love zuma this country good poeple who will come with solutions on problems this country is facing not racists or haters like you or you can hElp your self buy imigratting to Europe or zimbabwe amen.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-23 16:20

    Before poking your nose in other countries business, sort out your problems on your own home turf.

      B.b. - 2012-10-23 16:57

      There are no rebells in South Africa,,,u can't refer to Malema as a rebelion,,,he's insane,,,

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-23 16:20

    Two of a kind meeting! Kabila cannot stabilize his country neither can Zuma be of help in calming the situation in South Africa.

      B.b. - 2012-10-23 16:55

      Try to do wat those rebels are doing to the civilians of DRC here in South Africa,,,u'll disappear like u've never existed before,,,ask Boere Maag

      Guylain Koko - 2012-10-23 21:43

      Condemnation is not enough SADEC, you need to stop Rwanda&Uganda from looting DRC's minerals, killing innocent civilians and raping women!

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