A vote of confidence
THE greatest news for the country came on Friday when the United Nations Security Council elected South Africa as a non-permanent member for the term 2019-2020.
As the Presidency noted: “This will be the third time that South Africa will be serving in the Security Council since the dawn of democracy in 1994. We are humbled and honoured by the confidence the international community has demonstrated in our capability to contribute to the resolution of global challenges”.
We owe a debt of gratitude too to our African sister nations and the African Union (AU) that endorsed our candidature. This is a vote of confidence that cannot be taken lightly.
We continue to punch above our weight as a 21-year-old among the older democracies. We need to show the world that we are truly the Rainbow Nation of Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.
Let’s hope the government delivers on its promise to use its membership of the UN Security Council in 2019 and 2020 to advance the interests of Africa, particularly the priorities of the AU Agenda 2063.
It is all shoulders to the wheel.