He said the country has a proud international relations tradition with a sharp focus on Africa.
“We have been consistently vocal in our belief that the struggle for a better South Africa is inextricably linked to the struggle for a better Africa.
“We attach the greatest importance to the African Union (AU), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and other key regional organisations,” he said on Thursday.
The President was receiving Letters of Credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners-designate at a credentials ceremony held at Sefako M. Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse, in Pretoria.
He said South Africa remains grateful to all countries and people that stood on the side of justice, freedom, human rights and equality, during the dark days of apartheid colonialism.
President Zuma said South Africa gained its democratic victory through the struggles of South Africans and freedom loving people across Africa and the world.