SA & Burundi sign co-operation agreement

Jacob Zuma & Pierre Nkurunziza signed a joint co-operation commission agreement.

President Jacob Zuma receives the President of the of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza on 4 November 2014. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - The man President Jacob Zuma once threatened to denounce as a terrorist is currently making a state visit to South Africa as leader of Burundi.

Pierre Nkurunziza is spending his two-day stay in Cape Town where he and Zuma signed a joint cooperation commission agreement, adding further areas of co-operation like arts and culture, telecommunications and public works.

As deputy president, Zuma mediated the political settlement in Burundi a decade ago that brought Nkurunziza to power.

Dealing with the then Burundian rebel leader's brinkmanship, he threatened to name Nkurunziza as an international terrorist if he did not return to the negotiating table.

At a business forum on Tuesday, Zuma congratulated Nkurunziza for the progress Burundi made since the end of the civil war in 2005.

He says Burundi and South Africa are now co-operating in the quest for prosperity.

South Africa is looking for opportunities in infrastructure development.