President, Deputy President to attend SADC summit


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Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma is expected to travel to Gaborone, Botswana next week to attend the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Double Troika.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will also attend the summit in his capacity as the SADC-appointed Facilitator on Lesotho.

Earlier this week, the Deputy President was in Maseru for a working visit as part of his SADC mandate to assist the Kingdom.

He was expected to hold consultations with the Prime Minister Phakalitha Mosisili and members of his government, members of the opposition political parties, college of chiefs, Council of Churches of Lesotho and representatives of civil society on progress regarding implementation of recommendations for the constitutional and security sector reforms.

Recommendations for constitutional and security sector reforms were adopted by SADC during its Organ Troika meeting in Pretoria on 3 July 2015.

The extra-ordinary summit, scheduled to be held on 28 June, will consider the political and security situation in the SADC region, paying particular attention to the situation in Lesotho.

South Africa is participating in the meeting in its capacity as the outgoing Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

The Double Troika is made up of the following countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania.

President Zuma will also be accompanied by the Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and State Security David Mahlobo.