President Felix Tshisekedi has also called for 'healthy cooperation' with Europe, following tensions during the latter half of his predecessor Joseph Kabila's 18-year rule.
Officials said the president's unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist does great violence to the Constitution and makes America less safe.
Hakeem al-Araibi made a triumphant return to Australia after he was detained on 27 November while on honeymoon at the request of Bahraini authorities.
Minister Naledi Pandor is expected to award deserving students at an event at Wits University on Friday evening.
Incumbent Muhammadu Buhari faces a stiff challenge from former vice-president Atiku Abubakar amid fears about widening insecurity, and economic incompetence.
The blaze destroyed a library, a kitchen, three classrooms and a computer laboratory while some learners lost school bags and stationery.
Pastor James Thobakgale's sentencing was postponed in Seshego earlier on Friday due to medical reasons.
The death toll from the gas explosion at the coal mine currently stands at 13.