"We've had very important discussions among ourselves – the situation in Western Sahara [SARD], and also the slow pace, if it is a slow pace at all, of the UN to implement its decision or resolution [on SADR]," Zuma said, addressing reporters during a joint media briefing with visiting President of SADR, Brahim Ghali, in Pretoria.
"We have stressed our commitment to support the people of Saharawi. We have been with them for many years, we are still with them and we will continue to be with them. We believe every country must have its own self determination, full freedom and we are very clear that we should be calling on the UN to implement its resolution. We hope the new secretary-general will add new impetus on process to conclude the implement of the UN resolution."
Zuma said the continental bloc, the African Union, fully supported the independence of Western Sahara. In September 2004, South Africa took the decision to recognise SADR after it became clear that Morocco had ruled out all possibilities for a referendum for Western Sahara, in contravention of the UN Security Council Resolution 1495 of 2003.
Zuma said Pretoria "wants to see its brothers and sisters free, running their country with no interference".