SA Congratulates Zambia’s Hichilema, Accepts Invite

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called Zambian president-elect, Hakainde Hichilema, to wish him, and the people of Zambia well.

President Ramaphosa made the call on Wednesday.

Zambian prominent businessman Hichilema, 59, won the election after six attempts.

Ramaphosa congratulated Hichilema on his electoral success and noted the importance of this milestone amid the challenges presented by Covid-19, said the Presidency in a statement on Thursday.

“President Ramaphosa assured president-elect Hichilema that South Africa would, in its relations with Zambia, build on the on the deep historical ties forged between our two nations during South Africa’s liberation struggle, as well on the partnership maintained by outgoing President Edgar Lungu,” said the statement.

Ramaphosa has accepted Hichilema’s invitation to his inauguration as Zambia’s new president in Lusaka on Tuesday, 24 August 2021.