Daily Archives: July 30, 2017

Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize signs visa waiver agreement with DRC

SA, DRC to sign visa waiver agreement

The Minister of Home Affairs, Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize will on Monday, 31 July 2017, sign a visa waiver agreement with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Security of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadari.

South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo maintain good diplomatic and political relations. The highest expression of the quality and significance of these diplomatic relations is the annual Bi-National Commission (BNC) co-chaired by the Heads of State. In this regard, during the 10th Session of the BNC that took place in Pretoria in June 2017, both countries agreed that the signing of the visa waiver agreement should be concluded in July 2017.

Source: Government of South Africa

African Union Troops Ambushed in Somalia, Al-Shabab Says 39 Dead

MOGADISHU ´┐Ż Somalia’s al-Shabab insurgents and troops from the African Union peacekeeping mission clashed on Sunday, a senior military officer said, while the group said it had killed 39 soldiers.

The incident took place in Bulamareer district in Lower Shabelle region about 140 km southwest of Mogadishu.

The al-Shabab fighters ambushed a convoy carrying troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Col. Hassan Mohamed told Reuters.

“The ambush turned into a fierce fight between al-Shabab and AMISOM. We understand fighting is still going on but we do not have the figure of casualties,” he told Reuters.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab’s military operation spokesman, said: “We have in hand 39 dead bodies of AU soldiers including their commander.”

The casualty figure could not be immediately independently verified.

Government officials were not available for immediate comment.

Al-Shabab, which wants to force out the peacekeepers, oust the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia, has targeted the peacekeepers in the past.

Source: Voice of America