Status on the Situation in the South African Mission in Zimbabwe
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO: 1247
IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 24 OF 15 AUGUST 2005
Mr W J Seremane
(DA) to ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs:
In light of the statement
by his Deputy Minister that the SA mission in Zimbabwe is unable to do its job,
(a) how was this situation allowed to develop when the situation in Zimbabwe has
been escalating for over five years, (b) who is responsible for the SA mission
in Zimbabwe and (c) what (i) is the brief of the mission and (ii) is being done
to rectify this situation? N1613E
(a) The Deputy Minister
has been misquoted. He did not say that "the mission is unable to do its
job," as quoted in the question. Instead, he said that at the time the question
was asked, events were still unfolding. The Deputy Minister indicated at that
stage that Government was still trying to get a full appreciation of the events.
The head of mission of the South African Embassy, who reports to the Minister
of Foreign Affairs.
(c)(i) The brief of SA missions generally is to promote
and protect the interests of South Africa and also to strengthen relations between
countries. (ii) The Department of Foreign Affairs, continues on an ongoing basis
to improve the overall effectiveness of our Missions given the increasing challenges
on South Africa.