Zuma returns from AU summit

FILE PICTURE: President Jacob Zuma.

FILE PICTURE: President Jacob Zuma.

President Jacob Zuma returned to South Africa on Saturday night after attending the 22nd African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the presidency said.

Spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement that the theme of the summit was “2014: Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa, marking the 10th Anniversary of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme”.

Zuma said African leaders were in agreement that more needed to be done towards food security, but significant progress had already been made in this regard.

“Africa feels that we have a lot to do on our own to produce more food — jointly, but there still is a land issue to resolve as land is necessary for food production.”

At the summit, Zuma presented a report on South Africa’s progress to the African peer review mechanism forum of heads of state and government.

Maharaj said: “The report, which was received well by the summit, shows that South Africa has in the past decade progressed extensively in many aspects, including economic development, social security, health, governance and infrastructure development.”

Zuma welcomed the summit’s adoption of the resolution for the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises to be speedily made operational.

“As South Africa we welcome the move, as we have been playing a significant role in peacekeeping on the continent.”

The summit deliberated on issues, including a vision of a peaceful, prosperous and united Africa in the next 50 years of the existence of the AU, the post-2015 development agenda and Africa’s relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Zuma was accompanied by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele; Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu; and Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

– Sapa

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