“South Africa is committed to working with the SADC for the freedom of the people of Western Sahara, and this must be done in our lifetime. South Africans will only be free when the people of Western Sahara and the people of Palestine are free,” Minister for International Relations and Co-operation Lindiwe Sisulu has said.
The SADC’s 38th ordinary summit approved the convening of a solidarity conference. During the conference, heads of state will express the region’s support for decolonisation and self-determination for Western Sahara on the basis of the values and principles that have guided the quest for independence throughout Africa.
This will be the first time a regional economic community shows solidarity with the Sahrawi people.
“The conference was inspired by recent UN-AU attempts to close this chapter of Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara which systematically has been denied the right to self-determination,” said Dr Garthe le Pere, Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria.