SA says hopeful of peaceful DRC vote

2018-08-27 21:06
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. (File, Beeld)

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. (File, Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Continental powerhouse South Africa on Monday expressed confidence that upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) would be peaceful after assurances from the authorities in the troubled country.

Foreign Affair Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said that DRC President Joseph Kabila and the electoral commission had given guarantees to the regional SADC bloc that the country was ready to hold the delayed vote.

"We called the president of the DRC. We called in the electoral commission... by the time they left, we felt very comfortable that they had the situation under control," Sisulu told AFP in an interview in Pretoria.

"From the assurances that we got... we have no reason to doubt that they are not telling us the truth," she said.

The delayed elections are now due on December 23 and Kabila is not standing for re-election.

Kabila took over from his father, Laurent-Desire Kabila, after he was assassinated by a bodyguard.

His tenure over the vast mineral-rich country has been marked by corruption, inequality and unrest.

Out of 25 applications, the electoral commission has rejected six presidential aspirants, including ex-warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba.

The DRC has declined offers of advice, oversight and funding to help organise the election in the impoverished country nearly five times the size of France.

Sisulu dismissed reports that South Africa had tried to appoint former president Thabo Mbeki as a "special envoy" to DRC ahead of the elections.

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

Read more on:    lindiwe sisulu  |  sa  |  drc  |  central africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.