UN reforms: Africa is becoming impatient, says SA's Nkoana-Mashabane

Cape Town – South Africa has reportedly added its voice to the United Nations Security Council reform calls, saying that it was time for Africa to "raise its voice louder and push for key reforms" in the council.

According to Zimbabwe’s state-owned Herald newspaper, this was said by International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane while giving her opening remarks at a meeting of ministers attending the Bi-National Commission between Zimbabwe and South Africa in Harare on Wednesday.

"We call for reforms in the United Nations, in particular the Security Council that was formed more than 70 years ago with no input from a single African country," Nkoana-Mashabane was quoted as saying.

African countries have, since 2005, been requesting for two permanent seats in the UN Security Council as well as five non-permanent seats, as they demanded a fair representation in the global global organisation. 

Splinter group

Nkoana-Mashabane said that Africa was becoming "impatient" of a UN Council that discussed issues of peace and security "on our continent, which is about us". 

She said that Africa was ready to raise its voice louder for reforms, which she said should include reforms of international financial institutions.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe last month made headlines after he said that the African continent was ready to pull out of the UN if its demand for reforms was not met. 

Mugabe said at the time that the African Union was planning to form a splinter group with countries such as Russia, China and India if the Security Council did not include members of its continent next year. 

"It is not all permanent members being tough. It is Britain, France and America… If they remain adamant, they must not cry foul when we agree to form our own organisation with countries like China, India and other Asian countries.  This is what we want to do next year in September, when we have made a commitment," Mugabe was quoted as saying. 

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