ANC reiterates firm support for just cause of Saharawi people

(Special envoy)

Johannesburg, January 8, 2017 (SPS) - The African National Congress (ANC) reiterated Saturday unwavering support for the just cause of the Sahrawi people, during a meeting with the President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, and his accompanying delegation, at the party headquarters in Johannesburg.

The party's Secretary-General,  Gwede Mantashe, affirmed in a statement following the meeting, that "the African continent will never be free as long as a country is occupied by another African country, a gross violation of the Constitutive Act of the African Union."

regarding Morocco's request to join the African Union, Mr. Mantashe explained "Morocco cannot be admitted unless they comply with the Charter of the African Union," demanding Morocco to withdraw from Western Sahara and abide by the resolutions of international legitimacy, calling to allow the Saharawi people to exercise their right to self-determination and independence.

Mr. Mantashe called for the launch of an international campaign to protect the natural resources of the Saharawi people and boycotting Moroccan and foreign companies operating in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, arrived Friday morning in Johannesburg as part of a working visit to South Africa at the invitation of his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma.

The President of the Republic is accompanied during this visit by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, Minister of Cooperation, Boulahi Sid, Secretary of State for Security and Documentation, Brahim Mohamed Mahmoud, Secretary-General of Nnational Union of Saharawi Women, Fatma Elmehdi, PAP Vice-President, Soueilma Beirouk, and Counselor to the Presidency of the Republic, Abdati Breika. (SPS)