Rabat- Three high-ranking dignitaries of South Africa’s long-standing incumbent party ANC are reported to have recently received the presidential green light to participate in the fourth Crans Montana Forum, a conference set to take place in Dakhla between March 15-20.
A diplomatic source told the press that the three ANC members got the direct approval of President Cyril Ramophosa to partake in the five-day forum that will be placed under the auspices of King Mohamed VI. The same source added that the DA (Democratic Alliance), South Africa’s main opposition party, will also be represented at the conference, with details that the DA delegation will be led by Stevens Mokagalapa, the party’s spokesperson for foreign policy-related matters.
In addition to the two political representations, 15 South African civil society organizations are also said to be expected at the forum. This year’s edition will be held under the theme of: “Africa and South-South Cooperation: Improving governance and the living standards of populations, and Morocco’s regional and international roles.”
Participants to a previous edition had already described the event as “an opportunity to promote peace and dialogue”, hailing the modern infrastructures in Dakhla as “a model for the future of Morocco and Africa.”
The important South African presence at this fourth edition is bound to send signals that the new administration may after all uphold the terms of the Rabat-Pretoria rapprochement signed between King Mohamed VI and President Zuma, in the final months of the latter’s reign.