Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor expresses regret that the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) took time to intervene in the uprising in Mozambique.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the African Union (AU), Pandor said the delay could help the uprising spread and spread, adding that she was pleased that SADC forces were eventually allowed in Mozambique.

Pandora says the progress the continent is making towards full integration by 2063 will come to naught if the conflicts are not stopped. She says the issue of conflict has become a constant topic on the AU agenda.

This, she said, displaces important topics such as strengthening development and ending poverty, and had to be relegated to the background to focus on silencing weapons.

“Coups combined with protracted conflicts in the east of the DRC, in Sudan, in South Sudan, in the CAR have undermined the AU’s efforts to silence weapons. Closer to home, the ongoing uprising in the province of Cape Delgado in Mozambique is of great concern and threatens the security and stability of the entire SADC region, ”Pandor said.

Mozambique was the only item on the agenda of the extraordinary SADC summit in January:

As for Kabu-Delgado, Pandor says she was concerned that SADC initially did not allow Mozambique to intervene early.

She said: “Apart from the challenges, the continent has new prospects for success. The most important thing, she added, was the creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area, which resumed trade earlier this year. She says the war between Russia and Ukraine has underscored the importance of increasing trade between African countries.

“There are countries on the continent that depend on both Russia and Ukraine for wheat supplies, and agricultural facilities such as fertilizers for seeds and supplies have been disrupted. South Africa imports crude oil, diesel and related chemicals from Russia and Ukraine, and exports citrus. The flow of these products also had a negative impact. This underscores the need for greater levels of intra-African trade so that we, as a continent, become more independent, ”says Pandor.

Pandora denied reports that South African security services had helped hundreds of ISIS fighters from Syria return to the country by issuing them passports.

“There are not hundreds of ISIS fighters, not even one helped by the security services to return to South Africa, not hundreds of ISIS fighters who have been returned to the SA,” Pandor said.

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