Committee welcomes SA’s election into UN Security Council

The Portfolio Committee on International Relations has congratulated the Department of International Relations, saying Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s work is praiseworthy.

Minister Sisulu had preview interviews with different media houses on the sidelines of Minister’s reception on the campaign for the non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council. Picture: DIRCO.

JOHANNESBURG - The Portfolio Committee on International Relations has welcomed South Africa’s election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

Due to begin officially in January 2019, the appointment follows an announcement made by the UN General Assembly on Friday, stating that South Africa has been voted for a two-year membership in the council.

The 15-nation council mediates with countries and has powers to impose sanctions and approve the use of force.

The committee has congratulated the Department of International Relations, saying Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s work is praiseworthy.

The committee's chairperson, Siphosezwe Masango, said: “South Africa will be able to play an intervention, mediation and peace-making role. A role at a very strategic level as a peacemaker and mediator among other nations. This place South African as an important global player.”

‘VICTORY FOR PEACE’

The African National Congress has welcomed the third election of South Africa as a non-permanent member of the Un Security Council.

The party says that move is a victory for peace and an opportunity to address the root causes of conflict on the continent.

The party’s International Relations Sub-Committee has acknowledged the 183 of the 190 countries who voted for South Africa.

Sisulu says she has hopes that the government will implement the recommendations of the ANC’s 54th national conference on its International Relations stance.

She adds that South Africa will also be monitoring the upcoming general elections in Zimbabwe.

“Elections anywhere in the African continent are of interest to us because the more you have a free and fair election, the more you have peace in the continent.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)