Minister Nzimande condemns CPUT violence, warns those bent on destroying the future of students

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, has condemned the violent protests that continue to disrupt the academic programme at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

“The sporadic anarchy that we are witnessing at CPUT has got absolutely nothing to do with legitimate issues such as access and the necessary transformation of education in our country. This is about a tiny band of people who harbour criminal intentions and who are hellbent on destroying the lives and future of thousands of students and their families.

“Indeed, there can never be justification for violence on university campuses, even where there are legitimate concerns.

“In that light, it is completely unacceptable that a few people should continue to hold our nation to ransom, including through violence and the destruction of education infrastructure that we badly need to empower students and the next generation, so that our students can play their full role in building South Africa and its economy,” Minister Nzimande said.

He also urged authorities and law enforcement agencies to “deal decisively, and without mercy” with all these criminal acts nationally.

“I also urge student leaders who are committed to transformation and the well-being of our country to engage in constructive discussions with authorities and other stakeholders, to deal with the many legitimate challenges which we face in higher education.

“While the government and universities will always be open to dialogue with all stakeholders, lawlessness and other acts of criminality will never be tolerated,” he added.

This comes after the Cape Peninsula University of Technology was once again hit by violent protests on Monday, leading to classes being suspended on Tuesday.

A few protesting students got involved in violent skirmishes and destructive conduct before the police intervened and tried to stop the chaos. The students were in the main said to be unhappy with disciplinary action taken against four fellow students by the university.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.

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Ambassador Oliver Wonekha presents credentials to H.E Paul Kagame, President of The Republic of Rwanda

On 10th October, 2017, Amb. Oliver Wonekha presented credentials to H.E Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda at Urugwiro village (Presidential residence) at Kiyovu in Kigali District.

In his speech, President Kagame welcomed the Ambassador and praised the good relations which Uganda and Rwanda have as well as shared historical ties. He said he had high expectations that the two countries would strive to maintain the good relations and not take them for granted.

In her remarks, the High Commissioner informed him that she was aware of the good relations the countries share and promised to build on the successes of her predecessor to uphold the bond.

President Kagame pledged to support her to fulfill her mandate where necessary and said that since Uganda and Rwanda have a long historical historical bond, they should always try to iron out any differences amicably and move on smoothly.

In attendance at the ceremony was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Louise Mushikiwabo, and officials from the Uganda High Commission, Kigali.

Amb. Wonekha previously served as Uganda’s Ambassador to the United States of America.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Republic of Uganda – Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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President Zuma to undertake working visit to The Democratic Republic of Congo

President Jacob Zuma will visit Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 15 October 2017, in his capacity as chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The President will hold discussions with President Joseph Kabila Kabange on the issues of peace and security in the Great Lakes region, particularly the situation in the DRC.

SADC is committed to assist the Government and the people of the DRC to achieve sustainable peace, security and stability.

President Zuma will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.

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Sudan Under-Secretary for foreign affairs on working visit to Uganda

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Patrick Mugoya on the 5th, October 6, 2017 hosted his counterpart from Sudan, H.E Ambassador El Ghani Elnaim AwardElkarim, Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for a Political Consultative Meeting. The meeting was in line with the directive of the Final Communique at the conclusion of the visit to Sudan by President Yoweri Museveni on 16th September 2015.

The meeting took place against the backdrop of the 2015 visit by H.E .President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to Khartoum during which he expressed the wish for the strengthening of relations between Uganda and Sudan. The two Heads of State therefore affirmed the need for mutual cooperation and positions towards regional and global issues, and the need to revitalize political and diplomatic coordination in all fora in order to counter challenges that face the region and Africa as a whole.

In his remarks, Ambassador Patrick Mugoya warmly welcomed his counterpart and commended the Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs for being at the forefront of development. Ambassador Mugoya also expressed his gratitude towards the Government of Sudan for the Scholarships Uganda receives annually. He further noted that there were no direct transportation links to Sudan from Uganda, Sudan remains a key destination for Ugandan products especially coffee.

Undersecretary Elkarim expressed appreciation for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him and his delegation. He extended an invitation to Ambassador Patrick Mugoya, Permanent Secretary to visit Sudan.

The meeting reviewed and updated the matrix on implementation of previous decisions that include various areas of cooperation between the two countries.

The meeting also agreed that Ministries of Foreign Affairs of both countries follow up on the implementation of all the outstanding decisions with relevant agencies in their respective countries and report to the 6th Joint Ministerial Committee.

The meeting recommended that the 6th JMC be held in Kampala before the State visit to Uganda by H.E President Omar El Bashir and the 3rd JPCC be held in Khartoum within six months.

The meeting was attended by senior officials from both Ministries of Foreign Affairs Uganda and Sudan.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Republic of Uganda – Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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