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African leaders to discuss Burundi’s application to join SADC

At their summit in Pretoria on Saturday, heads of state from the SADC will consider applications including one from Burundi to join the bloc.

SADC flags in Pretoria. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - At their summit in Pretoria on Saturday, heads of state from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will consider applications including one from Burundi to join the bloc.

They spent Friday deliberating on security problems in Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 37th SADC Summit has been adjourned on concentrating on roping in the private sector to develop plans for the region.

The inevitable security issues will loom large as the 15-member states look at establishing an SADC peace fund but there’s no escaping the biggest story this week; that the assault charge hanging over the head of Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe for allegedly beating up a woman she found in her sons’ Johannesburg hotel room.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation isn’t commenting on reports that its granted diplomatic immunity to Mrs Mugabe to prevent her from being prosecuted.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)