PRETORIA-- The African Union, which held its 31st Ordinary Summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania, early this week, has taken steps to address alleged maladministration confronting the Pan African Parliament (PAP), says South African International Relations and Co-operation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

The decision was taken following a series of claims including financial irregularities, Sisulu said at a media briefing here Wednesday. PAP President Nkondo Dang has been accused of misusing the institution's finances which led to him axing the institution's clerk for confirming Dang's abuse of funds.

The minister said a lot of legal work had been done to get an independent audit. Preliminary investigations into the institution's affairs and the use of its resources were reported to the African Union.

Sisulu said Dang had no authority to fire PAP staff. She added that the audit was expected to be completed by November.

Referring to the on-going occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco, Sisulu said the matter was discussed at the AU summit but no finality had been reached. However, a team had been appointed to look into the matter and consultations would continue on the matter.

This is the longest conflict on the continent and it appears it will take time to resolve, she said. The Saharawi President visited South Africa recently.

Efforts to bring about peace and stability in South Sudan also came to the fore. Sisulu said it was about time the leaders of the world's youngest nation found a permanent peace and an end to human suffering. Leaders from South Sudan's neighbouring countries called for sanctions.

Meanwhile, Sisulu said South Africa would re-visit the International Criminal Court (ICC) debate on whether to remain outside or re-apply to be a member.


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