President Jacob Zuma is due to embark on a "charm offensive" this week at the United Nations General Assembly as he campaigns for SA’s third turn as a nonpermanent member of the Security Council. Zuma and his delegation‚ which includes at least seven Cabinet ministers‚ were scheduled to arrive in New York on Sunday for a busy schedule of speeches‚ meetings and negotiations. Zuma and the ministers of international relations‚ defence and state security will focus on securing South Africa a seat on the Security Council for 2019-20. "SA will be in a lobbying mood and will be going on some kind of charm offensive‚" said Mahlatse Mminele‚ deputy permanent representative for the South African mission to the United Nations. Zuma’s first order of business on Monday will be taking part in a high-level discussion on sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeeping troops. Mminele said Zuma was one of a few heads of state invited to attend the event. SA is one of the top 10 countries in terms of t...

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