South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that the Southern African Development Community was preparing plans to intervene in the conflict in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique. Lusa reports.
“President Nyusi is now the president of our SADC region and we are involved through various other SADC structures to be well informed and to see to what extent plans can be made to deal with the security challenge we face there [in Cabo Delgado],” he said.
Ramaphosa, who did not specify the type of SADC intervention, was speaking to journalists at the end of a virtual press conference on the latest wave of mega corruption within the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), of which he is also president, related to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic that has infected over 650,000 people and caused 14,028 deaths in the country since March.
This weekend, Ramaphosa called a special two-day meeting of the ANC leadership, the National Executive Committee (NEC), to try to avoid a challenge to his leadership by rival factions allied to the former head of state, Jacob Zuma, who oppose measures to combat corruption and implement economic reforms announced since he took office in 2018.
Hawks investigating involvement of SA nationals in insurgency
Meanwhile, the South African police are investigating the alleged involvement of South Africans in the armed conflict in northern Mozambique.
“The investigation into the involvement of South Africans in the insurgency involves Interpol and the Mozambican authorities,” a spokesman for the HAWKS investigative police unit told the South African portal TimesLive.
According to Lloyd Ramovha, “the investigation into South African involvement in the insurgency involves Interpol and the Mozambican authorities. The investigation has multiple legs, with detectives looking at cross-border financial flows, the origin of these funds and the involvement of organised crime in raising finances”.
“Nearly 100 South Africans are believed to be fighting with the insurgency. South Africans are also allegedly providing financial support to the insurgency,” TimesLive wrote, citing a source close to the South African police. (Source Lusa)