Neighbours on their way

2014-05-24 00:00

THE neighbours are coming over to visit.

Altogether 28 heads of state, 14 premiers or vice presidents and four former leaders have confirmed that they will attend President Jacob Zuma’s second inauguration in Pretoria today.

Also among the guests of honour will be 18 ambassadors.

President Robert Mugabe is on the list. He has just returned home from a week of medical check-ups in Singapore. Also coming are Mozambique’s Armando Guebuza and Ian Khama of Botswana, as well as island president from Seyvhelles and Madagascar.

The presidents of Lesotho, Tanzania, Ghana, Somalia, Benin, Burundi, Sudan, Togo, DRC, Mali, Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, Madagascar and the Seychelles are expected.

From an island even further away is Salvador Valdés Mesa, the deputy president of Cuba.

Minister in the presidency Collins Chabane said yesterday there could be a few surprises as a few leaders agreed to participate quite late. “We didn’t give a deadline,” he said.

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