Minister Dlamini Zuma clarifies South Africa's position regarding
Matsapha - South African Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini
Zuma on Sunday, 20 February 2005 in Matsapha, Swaziland clarified South Africa's
position regarding the call for elections by the unconstitutional ruler of Togo,
Minister Dlamini Zuma said, "Togo, like many African
countries has a constitution. The constitution spells out what should happen should
the President die or be incapacitated for one reason or another."
position as South Africa is that the Togolese must follow their own constitution.
It is only the constitutional structure that can call elections and that can organise
elections," continued Minister Dlamini Zuma.
"Mr Eyadema who is
now in power has no constitutional authority or legitimacy to call for the elections
or to organise elections," concluded Minister Dlamini Zuma.
a question, Minister Dlamini Zuma further elaborated that, "Mr Eyadema must
step down, because he has no legitimacy or authority constitutionally either to
call for the elections themselves or to organise the elections."
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.
Department of Foreign Affairs
21 February 2005