A vote of con­fi­dence

The Sunday Independent - - Leader -

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.

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