The heads of state urged Lesotho to expedite the completion of ongoing reforms, and to continue with the peace, transitional justice and reconciliation process to engender national unity and bring about national healing and cohesion.
“The summit commended President Ramaphosa for his dedication and continued facilitation, and extended his mandate as the Sadc facilitator until the 42nd summit of heads of state and government.”
It also received an update on the security situation in Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique, and commended Sadc member states for pledging personnel and providing financial support towards the deployment of a Sadc standby force to Mozambique.
In March Mozambique was besieged by insurgents allegedly linked to the Islamic State who overran the gas field town of Palma, killing dozens of people and displacing many.
In June, during an extraordinary summit in Maputo, Sadc heads of state approved the deployment of standby forces to deal with terrorism in Mozambique. SA responded by deploying 1,495 troops for three months, ending on October 15, at a cost of R984m.
The summit commended Tanzania for offering to host the regional counterterrorism centre which will offer dedicated and strategic advisory services to the region on terrorism threats.