The Minister in the Presidency, Mr Jackson Mthembu will represent President Cyril Ramaphosa and South Africa at the Presidential inauguration and swearing-in ceremony of Botswana’s fifth President, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi in Gaborone on Friday, 01 November 2019.
President Mokgweetsi Masisi was declared the President-elect after his party, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) won the general election held on Wednesday, 23 October 2019.
Following the announcement of President Masisi’s victory, President Ramaphosa congratulated him and reaffirmed South Africa’s commitment to work closely with Botswana to realise the regional integration agenda in pursuit of Africa’s prosperity.
South Africa has strong political, economic and social relations with Botswana which were cemented during the struggle against colonialism and apartheid.
South Africa and Botswana conduct bilateral relations through the Binational Commission which covers various areas of cooperation.
The President apologised for being unable to personally attend the inauguration due to already scheduled commitments.
Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa