South Africa and Namibia will co-host the SADC Solidarity Conference on Western Sahara, from 25-26 March 2019 in Pretoria the Solidarity Conference will be “in support of the struggle of the Saharawi people against the colonial occupation of their territory.”
The conference will highligh South Africa’s continuous support of the Saharawi people fight for freedom, Western Sahara since 1975 has had a long suffered from fighting for territorial claims of Morocco and the Saharawi people. Even though the region is mostly desert with a population of only over 500, 000 it has become somewhat of a unsolvable issue in North Africa and for African Union.
Western Sahara does have rich fishing seas, phosphate reserves and untapped offshore oil deposits. The Saharan Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), has been the unofficial name of the country declared by the Polisario Front in 1976 but is not completely recognised by all members of the African Union.