The Ramaphosa administration is finally wrapping up the Chang case and is set to confirm his extradition to the States after four years in detention on South African soil. The move has been prompted by a Constitutional Court ruling and a desire not to further sour relations with Washington.
A new Tanzanian contingent took up position in the restive Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado in early December in a bid to shore up a struggling military coalition battling jihadist rebels. A Rwandan army unit was meanwhile redeployed further south to try to contain attacks by armed groups.
More than a year after Rwanda and southern African countries begin their armed interventions in the province of Cabo Delgado, Rwanda and South Africa remain suspicious of each other. Recent closer relations between South Africa and Mozambique could, however, change the balance of power in the region.
The SADC intervention force in northern Mozambique, to which South Africa is the main contributor, has suffered a series of setbacks, including logistical snafus, lack of intelligence gathering, and poor coordination with Rwandan and Mozambican troops.
The speedy start of Rwandan army operations in Cabo Delgado has finally enabled Mozambique to reclaim the territories it had lost. The government's other military partners were not given the same opportunities to bring their troops into the conflict so quickly, however, and are struggling to establish contact with Mozambican army command structure which has been entirely reorganised by Filipe Nyusi.