President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA)
President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA)

Ramaphosa heads to Mozambique for SADC summit on terrorism

By Ntombi Nkosi Time of article published Apr 7, 2021

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Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa will attend an extraordinary double Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to be held in Maputo on Thursday.

The summit will deliberate on measures to address terrorism in Mozambique following the insurgency that left a number of people dead and the SANDF was deployed to help South Africans return home.

Ramaphosa will be accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Naledi Pandor, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo.

SADC said it was deeply concerned about the continued terrorist attacks in Cabo Delgado, especially for the lives and welfare of the residents who continue to suffer from the atrocious, brutal and indiscriminate assaults.

Over the past week Ramaphosa deployed SANDF personnel to repatriate South Africans who were trapped in Mozambique.

The summit has been convened by President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana in his capacity as chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation.

The summit is preceded on Wednesday by meetings of senior officials and ministers.

As the regional policy-making institution, SADC is managed on a Troika system that comprises the current SADC chairperson, the incoming chairperson and the immediate previous or outgoing chairperson.

Currently, the SADC Double Troika comprises SADC Troika member states: Mozambique (current chair of SADC), Malawi (incoming chair), Tanzania (outgoing chair); as well as member states of the Troika of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation: Botswana (current chair); South Africa (incoming chair); and Zimbabwe (outgoing chair).

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