Steps taken to Address the Governance Crisis in Zimbabwe According
to the Mandate given to South Africa as Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence
and Security Co-operation
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QUESTION PAPER NO N1768E OF 31 AUGUST 2005
MR WJ SEREMANE (DA) TO ASK THE
Whether, in light of the mandate given to South Africa as Chair
of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation at the SADC Heads
of States and Government Summit in Mauritius in 2004 to co-ordinate all activities
of the Organ with the view to enhance good governance, democracy, stability and
socio-economic development of Southern African region, any steps have been taken
to address the governance crisis in Zimbabwe; if not, why not, if so, what steps?
The role of South Africa as the Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and
Security Co-operation in assisting the Government of Zimbabwe to deal with its
internal challenges cannot be isolated from the overall SADC efforts to strengthen
democracy in the region.
2. President Mbeki's leadership of the Organ was
therefore exercised within the framework of the Protocol on Politics, Defence
and Security Co-operation and the SADC Organ Troika. Whatever steps taken during
South Africa's tenure as Chair of the Organ to assist Zimbabwe, must be understood
within the broader context of the collective leadership of SADC.
Africa as the Chair of the Organ, co-ordinated the SADC Election Observer Mission
to Zimbabwe to ensure adherence to the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing