Zuma says UNSC doesn't take Africa seriously

Zuma says Africa is not being treated fairly, with regards to global decisions being made at the UN.

President Jacob Zuma addressing the Reception in honour of South Africa’s Chair-ship of the G77 and China held at the Delegates Dining Room, South Dining Room, UNGA building in New York on 25 September 2015. Picture: GCIS.

NEW YORK - President Jacob Zuma says Africa is not being treated fairly, with regards to global decisions being made at the United Nations (UN).

He has told journalists on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly that the continent will be lobbying for up to four seats in the United Nations Security Council.

Zuma told journalists that Africa has about 1.1 billion people yet the continent does not permanent representative on the UN Security Council.

Europe, in contrast, has a population of about 700 million, yet it is represented on three after the five permanent Security Council. France, the UK, Russia, China and the US all have permanent membership.

Zuma gave his interview at his hotel where he's staying with his delegation. Basic rooms in the hotel starts at R25,000 per night.