President Zuma in Kishasa to meet Kabila for security talks


South African President Jacob Zuma has embarked on a working visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he is expected to meet President Joseph Kabila.

Zuma has made the visit in his capacity as the chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and is expected to hold discussions with Kabila on the issues of peace and security in the Great Lakes region, particularly the situation in the DR Congo.

The DR Congo has been in political turmoil since November last year, sparked by the failure of President Kabila to step down at the end of his mandate.

Kabila stayed on as president of his country after it failed to conduct an election to find his replacement.

The electoral authority said it was not able to organize the poll, citing logistical challenges.

It said it needed time to ensure that all eligible voters had been registered.

Opposition leaders in the country accused the president of frustrating the election preparation efforts, saying he only wanted to cling on to power.

A deal struck between the government and a group of opposition members stated that an election was to be held before the end of 2017.

Earlier this year, the electoral body said it had made progress in its preparations for the vote, announcing that it had begun registering voters in the much troubled Kasai region.

Last week however, it announced that the vote could only be held in April 2019.

President Kabila, who took power following the assassination of his father Laurent Kabila in 2001, has denied frustrating elections in order to stay on as president.

President Zuma is accompanied to Kinshasa by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Source: South African Presidency

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