Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

Statement by South Africa to the United Nations Security Council on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The elections that have just taken place will be the first democratic transfer of power in the country’s history

As stated by South Africa Mr President, We would like to thank the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Ms Leila Zerrougui, for her briefing. We welcome and thank CENI, SADC and the African Union of their assessment of the electoral process.  We also take note of the briefing by…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Organ Chairperson Statement- Results in DRC Presidential Elections

Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) urges all political parties, candidates, and their supporters to exercise patience, and refrain from acts of violence

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) welcomes the release of the provisional results of the Presidential Election held under the combined Presidential, Legislative and Provincial Elections on 30 December 2018 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). SADC congratulates the Congolese people, the Government of the DRC, all political stakeholders…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

President Ramaphosa congratulates President of Venezuela H.E. Mr Maduro following his Inauguration

The President of South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa congratulates H.E. Nicolas Maduro Moros of Venezuela following his inauguration for a Second Term, today, Thursday, 10 January 2019. The National Electoral Council of Venezuela announced the outcome of the election that took place on 23 May 2018, in accordance with the…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

Media statement following a meeting between President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Edgar Lungu

Presidents Ramaphosa and Lungu have called on Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to speedily finalise the vote tabulation and release the election results in order to maintain the credibility of elections

Today 9th January 2019, H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa received H.E. President Lungu of the Republic of Zambia and the SADC Chairperson for the Organ on Politics, Defense, and Security Cooperation who is on a working visit to South Africa. During their meeting, the two Presidents were briefed by the Foreign…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

South Africa condemns attempted military coup d’état in Gabon

South Africa reaffirms the African Union principle of the total rejection of all unconstitutional change of power

South Africa has noted with grave concern the attempted coup d’état undertaken in the Republic of Gabon this morning (07 January 2019) by elements of the military. South Africa condemns in the strongest possible terms the attempted coup to overthrow the democratically elected Government in the Republic of Gabon.  In…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

South Africa calls for calm ahead of the announcement of the official election results in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

South Africa joins SADC, the AU and many other international organisations in awaiting the elections results to be announced by the  Democratic  Republic of Congo's (DRC) Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). Any other body of civil society should refrain from announcing  any results of the  elections which may undermine peace…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

Deputy Minister Mhaule to pay official visit to India

Deputy Minister Mhaule will be attending the Raisina Dialogue, taking place in New Delhi from 8-10 January 2019

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Reginah Mhaule, will pay an official visit to India from 6-10 January 2019. Deputy Minister Mhaule will be attending the Raisina Dialogue, taking place in New Delhi from 8-10 January 2019.   The Raisina Dialogue is India’s flagship conference of geopolitics and…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

President Ramaphosa extends best wishes to the 38th President of the Federative Republic of Brazil

The South African Government looks forward to working together with the new government of the Federative Republic of Brazil under the leadership of President Jair Bolsonaro

President Cyril Ramaphosa has conveyed on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, his sincere greetings and best wishes to President Jair Bolsonaro, on the occasion of his Presidential inauguration on 1 January 2019, as he assumes his role and official duties as the 38th President of the…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

Tristan-Lee Niemand and another six South Africans have been released from prison in China and will be deported to South Africa

The Minister has once again appealed to South Africans planning to travel to China and other countries to ensure they have the correct Visas and required travel documents

The South African mission in Shanghai has informed the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu that the seven South African nationals in Jiangsu Province have completed their detention period and will be released and deported back to South Africa. The arrangement is that the school that employed the…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and members of the diplomatic corps honour Madiba

The good gesture by Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and members of the diplomatic corps forms part of the centenary celebration of the former president Nelson Mandela

The lives of the senior citizens of Ekuphumleni Old Age Home in Zwide, Port Elizabeth will never be the same. This, after the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), together with Embassies accredited to South Africa decided to donate a number of products in an effort to better the…