Status on the Government's Efforts towards Human Rights, Peace
and Stability with the Presence of South Africans in Iraq without the Mandate
of the Government
QUESTION NO: PQ 57
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL
QUESTION PAPER NO 17 OF 31 MAY 2005
Mr KO Bapela (DA) to ask the Minister
of Foreign Affairs:
Whether the large presence of South Africans in Iraq without
the mandate of the Government augments or complements the Government's efforts
towards human rights, peace and stability; if not, what is the Government doing
about the activities of these South Africans in Iraq; if so, how?
South African Government remains committed to actively supporting international
efforts, through the United Nations, to restore peace and stability, as well as
to promote respect for human rights, in Iraq.
The Government however remains
concerned regarding the involvement of South African citizens in any activities
which are in contravention of the Foreign Military Assistance Act and has taken
the necessary steps prescribed in the act where such activities come to its attention.
In this regard, it will be recalled that the Minister of Defence had announced
on 27 October 2004, during a press briefing in Parliament, that nearly 100 South
Africans were under investigation in terms of the Act.