Ramaphosa attends summit to discuss Burundi

2015-05-12 22:33

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Johannesburg - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Tanzania on Tuesday where he will be representing President Jacob Zuma at a summit set to discuss challenges facing Burundi.

Zuma was invited to the Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the East African Community (EAC) because he was previously a mediator in the Burundi peace process.

"The summit has been convened specifically to deliberate upon the current political and security challenges facing the people of Burundi and to chart a way forward," the deputy president's spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said in a statement.

"The summit is expected to be attended by heads of state and government of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi including South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa."

Before the summit a delegation of regional foreign ministers visited Burundi to assess the situation in the country which would enable them to make recommendations on the way forward.

Burundi has been rocked by protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term.

According to dpa, a demonstrator was shot and killed during clashes in Bujumbura's Buterere district on Tuesday.

Seven people were reportedly injured

Claver Mbonimpa from Burundi's Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons reportedly put the death toll at 21 since the protests started on April 26.

Nkurunziza has resisted calls from the African Union, the European Union and the US to postpone presidential elections scheduled for June 26.

Mamoepa said Ramaphosa was being supported at the summit by Deputy International Relations Minister Nomaindia Mfeketo, South Africa's High Commissioner to Tanzania Thami Mseleku and senior government officials.

Ramaphosa would return to South Africa on Wednesday.

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