SA and DRC share ideas to enhance human well-being
Cpl Ally Rakoma
South Africa continues to build up its relationship with countries sharing the same ideas of democracy, human well-being, reconstruction, development, peace and stability.
This was clearly witnessed when the SA Secretary for Defence, Dr Sam Gulube, met with the Chief of the Democratic Republic of Congo Armed Forces (FARDC), Lt Gen Etumba Longila Didier, and his delegation at Defence Headquarters in Pretoria on 19 March 2013.
At their meeting the talks centred on efforts to seek lasting peace and stability in the DRC, the ongoing security instability in the eastern part of the DRC and the signing ceremony of the FARDC Strategy that had been compiled by Team BULISA and FARDC Senior Officers. They also discussed some of the lessons learned in promoting social change and enhancing human well-being to improve the lives of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Our Secretary for Defence, Dr Sam Gulube on behalf of the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and the Chief of the SANDF, Gen Solly Shoke, expressed great satisfaction at the special relations existing between the two countries and their armed forces. He added that South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo could not be islands of prosperity in a sea of conflict and impoverishment.
In response, Lt Gen Etumba said that South Africa continued to play a crucial role in promoting peace in the DRC, the partnership between the two countries and, in particular, the two armed forces were further strengthening relations to the mutual benefit of their respective countries and people.