Ramaphosa to attend SADC double troika summit in Ethiopia


JOHANNESBURG, January 16 – President Cyril Ramaphosa will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday to attend a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Double Troika Summit, the Presidency announced.

The summit which takes place on Thursday will review and assess the political situation in the DRC following the recently held elections. It will be followed by a  consultative meeting of head of states and government of SADC Double Troika members, International Conference of Great Lakes Region; African Union Troika and the African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson.

“President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu and Minister of State Security Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba,” said Khusela Diko, spokesperson to the president.

Ramaphosa has also condemned the terror attacks in Kenya that have left at least 15 people dead and many others injured.

In a terse statement, the Presidency said: “South Africa has noted with concern terrorist attacks in Kenya on Tuesday, 15 January 2019. South Africa condemns in the strongest possible terms the attacks on the government and the people of Kenya. South Africa extends its condolences to the bereaved and wishes those injured a speedy recovery.”

Initial reports said there were no South African citizens killed or injured in the attack. The South African High Commission in Nairobi was monitoring the situation and interacting with Kenyan authorities.

“On behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, we send a message of support to the government and the people of Kenya,” said the statement issued by Khusela Diko, spokesperson to the president. (ANA)