The South African Government congratulates Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President-elect, Mr Joseph Kabila Kabange

The South African Government has noted the announcement by the Supreme Court of the DRC on Saturday, 17 December 2011, in which Mr Joseph Kabila Kabange was confirmed the winner of the Presidential elections held from 28 to 30 November 2011.

The South African Government extends its sincere congratulations to President-elect, Mr Kabila Kabange, on his election. In this regard, the South African Government wishes to reaffirm its desire to further enhance its strong relations with the DRC.

Furthermore, the South African Government and its citizens reiterate its commitment to continue working with the Government and the people of the DRC with a strong emphasis on devising mechanisms and processes to ensure rapid development in existing and new bilateral projects, for the mutual benefit of the two countries.   South Africa remains committed to a strategy of post-conflict reconstruction and development in the DRC that is aligned with that of the African Union and NEPAD.

South Africa is represented by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, at the Presidential inauguration scheduled to take place tomorrow, 20 December 2011.

For further information please contact Mr. Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, on 082 884 5974.

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

19 December 2011

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