The African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party in South Africa, dispatched Monday three of its senior leaders to Morocco to attend the 4th Crans Montana Forum, which is held March 15 to 20 in Dakhla.
South Africa’s President and ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa endorsed the participation of the three ANC leaders in this gathering, held under the patronage of King Mohammed VI.
The forum will bring together more than 500 high-profile guests from a hundred countries, much to the chagrin of the Polisario Front and its sponsors who tried unsuccessfully to cancel the holding of this forum.
Besides the ANC delegates, about 15 representatives of the South African civil society, and a delegation of the Democratic Alliance (DA), the main opposition party in the country, will also be represented at the Dakhla Forum. The DA delegation will be led by Stevens Mokagalapa, the party’s spokesman for foreign policy issues.
This delegation also includes the influential Zulu’s King, Goodwill Zwelithini, who left, Monday night, Johannesburg heading to Morocco.
Before leaving Johannesburg, king Goodwill Zwelithini, the most influential traditional leader in South Africa, called, in a lengthy interview with the Moroccan news agency “MAP”, for strengthening cooperation between South Africa and Morocco in all areas, including education, agriculture, industry and technology transfer.
Both countries are well positioned to lay the foundations for a solid cooperation that will benefit Africa as a whole, he said.
The Polisario leaders will surely freak out when they will learn that all these South African delegations are participating in the Dakhla gathering, as they have so far considered South Africa as their main traditional supporter, after Algeria, in their chimerical claims over the Moroccan Sahara.
The 4th edition of the Crans Montana Forum is being held this year under the theme: “Africa and South-South Cooperation: Improving Governance and the Living Conditions of the People. The structuring role of Morocco at the regional and international levels”.