Media Statement

30 October 2014

President Zuma congratulates the President of the Republic of Botswana

H.E President Jacob Zuma extends his profound congratulations to H.E President Lt. General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, leader of the Botswana Democratic Party, on his re-election as President of the Republic of Botswana, following the successful holding of elections on Friday, 24 October 2014.

The elections in Botswana are a testament to the strength of democracy and the underlying belief that the voice of the people must be heard. In this regard, the President wishes to commend all the political parties and people of Botswana for the conducive and peaceful environment in which the elections were held.

President Zuma underscored the excellent relations that exist between South Africa and Botswana, founded on deep historical, cultural, linguistic and family ties.

“As members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU), our bilateral relations are also based on shared values of mutual respect, commitment to democracy, good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights. I am sure that these existing good relations built over the years will continue to grow and prosper under your able leadership,” said President Zuma.

President Zuma concluded by expressing South Africa’s readiness to continue to partner with Botswana in pursuit of mutually beneficial cooperation.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela +27 82 884 5974.

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