mozambique conflict

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

By Carien du Plessis

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Posted on October 6, 2021 07:23

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.

The mission was deployed for three months on 15 July 2021 and due to end on 15 October 2021, but due to Ramaphosa’s busy campaign schedule ahead of South Africa’s local government elections next month, this week’s summit was held 10 days before the end date, insiders said.

Tuesday also marked exactly four years since the first

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