PRETORIA - African ambassadors have expressed support and confidence in South Africa's leadership role, as Pretoria takes up a seat at the United Nations Security Council for the term 2019-2020 as a non-permanent member.
"This is not the first time that South Africa is occupying this seat. We are very pleased that South Africa is going to be on the Security Council, albeit as a non-permanent member but for the next two years. South Africa is contributing in a very significant way, towards the maintenance of peace and stability on the continent," said Zimbabwe's Ambassador to South Africa, David Hamadziripi, on Friday.
"Some of South Africa's nationals - former president [Thabo] Mbeki and former deputy chief justice [Dikgang] Moseneke have been been appointed as special envoys for the Great Lakes region and Lesotho respectively. South Africa has also deployed its own nationals to assist in ensuring there is a return of peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo."
He said Pretoria has spent "a lot of efforts and resources" in trying to resolve issues of conflict in numerous other parts of Africa.
"We are very confident of South Africa's performance and significant contribution during its tenure as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. We were very happy to hear the President [Cyril Ramaphosa] also speak about the need for reform of the Security Council. In fact, he laid out and reiterated the position of the African Union on our expectations as Africa. The reform of the Security Council is long overdue," said Hamadziripi.