23 September 2018


ANC welcomes SA’s UN Security Council election    

by: Obakeng Maje     date: 11 june 2018

Congratulatory messages continue to pour in for South Africa following the country’s election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council for the third time. South Africa received 183 votes out of 190 cast.
The governing African National Congress (ANC) said securing this seat is a victory for peace and an opportunity to address the root causes of conflict in Africa and the world. ANC International Relations Sub-Committee Chairperson, Lindiwe Zulu, said this further ensures that inequality and underdevelopment are addressed and that it allows for the promotion of inclusive political dialogue. 
“The election of the SA government under the leadership of the ANC in the UNSC heralds an opportunity for a peaceful resolution of the issues concerning the global community, especially the violence meted on the Palestinians as well as the continued occupation of Western Sahara. The ANC appreciates and acknowledges the role played by the 183 of the 190 states who voted for South Africa.
“The ANC-led government will utilise its membership to advance interests of Africa, particularly, the priorities of the African Union Agenda 2063. The ANC 54th National Conference declared 2018 as the centenary year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu, both of whom were champions of peace, progress and democratic resolution of challenges,” Zulu said.
She said the ruling party also calls on the world to follow in the footsteps of Mandela and Sisulu. Zulu said the world should also reflect on the current world order, the balance of forces within the individual countries, regionally, continentally and globally. She added that this reflection should be underpinned by the role such forces play in shaping the agenda that protects the ideals of a world that is just, equitable, peaceful, and prosperous. 
“The ANC and the government it leads will fulfill its historic mandate of building a world of peaceful co- existence, tolerance to diversity, respect of the rule of law and the sovereignty of states. We remain deeply concerned about the emergence of unilateralism and its attendant threat to an international rules-based system.
“The ANC reaffirms South Africa’s commitment to enhance cooperation between the United Nations and all other multilateral organisations in matters relating to the maintenance of international peace and security in accordance with the United Nations Charter and International Law,” Zulu said.
Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation also congratulated government, with Chairperson of the Committee, Siphosezwe Masango, saying the work the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) under the stewardship of Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is commendable.
“This is further evidence that Africa and the world still have trust in the country and South Africa is an influential global player when it comes to mediation efforts and ability. SA is happy to play a role at this level and will continue with mediation role in various areas where there are disputes in the continent and in the world.
“SA has also assisted in negotiated settlements that were political in various other countries. The UN Security Council is a body, which is constituted by five permanent members with veto power and nine non-permanent member seats that rotate every two years,” Masango said.