Congolese in SA rejoicing at prospect of return to DRC after ‘landmark’ election


Members of the Congolese diaspora dwelling within the Western Cape are rejoicing on the prospect of a change of presidency of their place of origin, a spokesperson has stated.

Leonard Mulunda, spokesperson of the Congolese Neighborhood of the Western Cape, instructed Information24 on Thursday that an opposition victory in his dwelling nation had been a protracted and hard-won battle.

“It’s a landmark victory. We have been preventing for it. Many people thought we’ll by no means depart South Africa,” he stated. 

He estimated that about 80% of the Congolese residents who stay in South Africa would return to the DRC if the scenario normalised.

A few of his countrymen are certified medical medical doctors or different professionals, however are working as automobile guards in South Africa as a result of their standing made it troublesome to search out work within the nation, he added.

He stated they wished to have interaction with South African establishments on how the nation modified from apartheid to democracy.

“The lesson we learnt [in South Africa] is democracy shouldn’t be about robust individuals, it’s a couple of robust system.”

He stated they wished to construct robust establishments within the Congo to carry politicians accountable. 

Acknowledge Felix Tshisekedi as president

Mulunda additionally known as on the South African authorities to acknowledge Felix Tshisekedi as president and for President Cyril Ramaphosa to personally congratulate him.

He acknowledged the “goodwill” proven by outgoing president Joseph Kabila to relinquish energy.

He thanked South Africans.

There is not readability but on the outcomes of the December 30 elections. Election chief Corneille Nangaa declared Tshisekedi the winner with 38.57% of the vote, simply forward of Martin Fayulu with 34.eight%, AFP reported.

The candidate backed by Kabila, hardline former inside minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, got here in a distant third with simply 23.eight%.

The influential Catholic Church notably stated the consequence “doesn’t correspond” with the information collected from polling stations and counting centres by its 40 000 election screens, though it didn’t establish the particular person it believed had received.

France contests outcomes

France too stated Tshisekedi’s win was “not in step with the true outcomes”.

Ramaphosa “famous the provisional outcomes” launched by the DRC’s electoral fee, his spokesperson Khusela Diko stated in an announcement launched on Thursday. 

READ: Ramaphosa ‘takes be aware’ of DRC’s provisional vote outcomes

He known as on the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (CENI) of the DRC to finalise the method with velocity to make sure the credibility of the election and to take care of peace and stability.

“The president needs to congratulate all events and stakeholders within the DRC for making certain peace and stability in the course of the election processes and urge all regional and worldwide events to chorus from hypothesis and permit CENI to finish the method,” reads the assertion.

“President Ramaphosa additionally urges all political events and their supporters to additionally permit CENI to carry out its authorized and constitutional duties with out interference and stress.”


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