The Southern African Development Community (SADC) 15 Heads of State and Government, who are meeting for their summit at Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, unanimously agreed that South Africa should chair the crucial Troika. The Troika is responsible for promoting peace and security in the SADC region.
Lesotho was scheduled to take over the leadership of the security organ from Namibia. However, it’s believed the country’s internal political problems led SADC leaders to give the position to South Africa.
“This goes to the respect and honour that our region and our continent accords to South Africa, respecting the leadership of South Africa in matters of peace and security. In politics they say respect for leadership is earned, you command leadership, you don’t demand it,” Minister Nkoana-Mashabane said on the side-lines of the summit.