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Ramaphosa: ‘Kagame wouldn’t dream of deploying to SADC without consent’

By Carien du Plessis
Posted on Wednesday, 6 October 2021 09:23

African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa speaks in Pretoria
African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during the launch of his party's election manifesto at Church Square in Pretoria, South Africa, September 27, 2021. Picture taken September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that he speaks to Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi "almost every other day" about regional efforts to quell the insurgency in the northern Cabo Delgado Province. He also told The Africa Report that Rwanda's deployment was done "in full cooperation and partnership".

Ramaphosa, who became chairperson of the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security cooperation in August, told The Africa Report that SADC’s forces “are giving as much assistance to Mozambique as we possibly can”.

SADC met to extend its mission

The mandate of SADC’s mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) was extended by another three months on Tuesday 5 October after a summit during which Ramaphosa met with the Organ’s former chair, Botswana’s Mokgweetsi Masisi, the next chairperson, Namibia’s Hage Geingob, as well as Nyusi.