SA backs SADC call for DRC to con­sider form­ing a gov­ern­ment of na­tional unity

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

PRE­TO­RIA -Pre­to­ria has backed a call by the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) for the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo (DRC) to con­sider a pro­posal to form a gov­ern­ment of na­tional unity.

This fol­lows elec­tions in the DRC the re­sults of which were an­nounced on Thurs­day.

On Satur­day, the pres­i­den­tial run­nerup Martin Fayulu filed a chal­lenge to the elec­tion re­sults in the DRC’s con­sti­tu­tional court, claim­ing that for­mer pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila had done a back­room deal with the de­clared win­ner, op­po­si­tion leader Felix Tshisekedi, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported.

Fayulu’s de­ci­sion to do so was ap­plauded by in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tive gover­nance min­is­ter Lindiwe Sisulu at a press brief­ing yes­ter­day.

While she would not be drawn on al­le­ga­tions that the elec­tion re­sults were fraud­u­lent, call­ing ques­tions from re­porters on this mere al­le­ga­tions, Sisulu said the DRC’s con­sti­tu­tion al­lowed for such a le­gal chal­lenge.

As such, it should be wel­comed, she said. Also on Sun­day, Sisulu was at pains to point out that South Africa did not want to pre­scribe to the DRC about what next steps it should take.

But if the DRC de­cided to take this route, South Africa had ex­pe­ri­ence in this re­gard, hav­ing formed its own gov­ern­ment of na­tional unity at the end of apartheid, she said.

Do­ing so had been a dif­fi­cult ‘pill to swal­low’, she said, but it had ul­ti­mately been the right de­ci­sion.

Sisulu said ac­cu­sa­tions had flown in, "fast and fu­ri­ous", that South Africa had been "quiet" on the DRC ques­tion since the elec­tion.

She said the coun­try was not able to state its po­si­tion pub­licly un­til the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil had dis­cussed the is­sue, as South Africa had asked for that dis­cus­sion to be postponed. It had now taken place.

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