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Leaders to zoom in on Lesotho, DRC at 37th SADC summit

The 15-nation group has highlighted that overall political stability still remains a priority as SADC grows into a significant economic bloc.

Picture: www.sadc.int

PRETORIA - Regional leaders will be turning the security spotlight on Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the 37th summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Pretoria this week.

The 15-nation group has highlighted that overall political stability still remains a priority as SADC grows into a significant economic bloc.

The theme of this weeks’ SADC summit, where President Jacob Zuma will assume the chairmanship of the body, is Partnering the Private Sector to Develop and Grow Economically.

The agenda, explained by South Africa’s minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite-Nkoana Mashabane, is loaded with developmental and economic issues but the success of these rests on there being stability.

That will be the remit of SADC’s organ on politics, security and defence.

They’ve had success in bringing peace to Madagascar but Lesotho and the DRC remain a worry.