While South African soldiers will soon no longer be part of the hybrid AU/UN mission in Sudan, there will still be South African representation in the form of Jeremiah Mamabolo as mission deputy joint special representative. His appointment was announced jointly by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and AU Commission chair, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
Mamabolo succeeds Abiodun Oluremi Bashua of Nigeria who also served as acting head of mission.
Since 2013 Mamabolo has served as South Africa’s ambassador and permanent representative to the UN. He also chaired the Group of 77 and China and also has a stint as South African High Commissioner to Nigeria on his CV. Mamabolo previously facilitated peace processes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi as South African special envoy to the Great Lakes Region between 2006 and 2009.
He has also been South Africa’s permanent representative to the AU as well as Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti.
South African soldiers will withdraw from UNAMID by April 15 after being part of the hybrid mission since it was established in 2008. South African soldiers also served on UNAMID’s predecessor, AMIS.
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