By Franklin Mtambalika
The Southern African Development Community -SADC has said Jacob Zuma has shown statesmanship by stepping down as South Africa’s president.
In a statement, the commission’s Executive Secretary Dr, Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the Secretariat commends President Zuma for the statesmanship he has portrayed by accepting the decision of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress- ANC, and respecting and upholding the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
Lawrence says Zuma’s decision has allowed for a peaceful and democratic transfer of political authority.
According to the statement President Zuma’s statesmanship is testament of his commitment as a national, regional, and international leader, to democratic values and precepts that engender political stability and good governance.
SADC secretariat says his commitment towards advancing democratic principles, socio-economic development and enhancing the quality of life for the peoples of Southern Africa will be well remembered.
During his tenure as the Chairperson of SADC, from August 2017, he among others, played an instrumental role in championing SADC’s current strategic partnerships with the private sector in developing industry and regional value-chains, and in championing the SADC Integration Agenda.
The SADC Region says will remember President Zuma’s contributions to the Southern Africa’s liberation agenda, in particular his contributions to the fight against apartheid and post-apartheid political dispensation in South Africa.
The Secretariat has since congratulated President Cyril Ramaphosa for his election as the 5th President of the Republic of South Africa.
Meanwhile one of the country’s political commentators Associate professor Happy Kayuni has described Mr Zuma’s step down as untimely saying he would have done that long time ago.
Kayuni has however urged African countries including Malawi to emulate the peaceful political transitions happening in the region making reference to South Africa and Zimbabwe.