Amnesty International Report on Zimbabwe

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO 133.

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 OF 2005: 18 FEBRUARY 2005


MR LB LABUSCHAGNE (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

(1) Whether, with reference to her reply to Question 1130 on 1 February 2005, she or any official in her department has read the Amnesty International (AI) Report 2004; if so;
(2) Whether the reports from the SA High Commission in Harare on internal developments in Zimbabwe cover all issues included in the section "Zimbabwe" beginning on page 90 of the AI report; if not, (a) why not and (b) which subheadings of that section were not covered in SA High Commission reports;
(3) Whether, on those issues contained in the AI report that were covered in the High Commission reports, the conclusions reached by the High Commission differed from those reached by AI; if so, how do they differ in respect of each specified issue;
(4) What were the conclusions and/ or recommendations contained in the reports by the High Commission on land invasions affecting South African citizens in Zimbabwe;
(5) (a) what steps have been taken by her department and/ or the High Commission in Harare to protect the interests of South African land owners in Zimbabwe, (b) how successful have these steps been in respect of each South-African owned property threatened by land invasions or expropriation and (c) when will the bilateral investment protection agreement between the two countries be signed? N179E


REPLY:

1) Yes, the officials in the Department have read the Amnesty International report on the humanitarian crisis at play in Zimbabwe entitled "Zimbabwe: Power and Hunger-Violations of the Right to Food", dated 15 October 2004.

2) No, they do not.


3) Yes, the conclusions differ.

4) The Embassy has concluded, amongst others issues, that the South African Government should continue to engage the government of Zimbabwe regarding the undertaking it made to the SADC member states that the listed farms of their citizens would be delisted. That the BIPPA be signed at the earliest possible time in order to protect the properties of the SA nationals.

5) The Embassy has on each and every occasion that an invasion of the property of a South African national is reported to the Embassy intervened by asking for assistance from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement and Agriculture and Rural Development. Furthermore, the Embassy has provided the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement with the list of the names of farmers and their farms affected by the Fast Track Land Reform, and has also facilitated meetings between senior officials of the Ministry of Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement and some of the affected farmers.

The Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA), which is aimed at, among other issues, protecting the properties of South African nationals in Zimbabwe, is ready for signature. Once dates convenient for the relevant Ministers are identified, it will be signed.

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