South Africa’s position on the SA Development Community (SADC) to persuade President Robert Mugabe to abide by the SADC Judicial Tribunal Ruling regarding Land that has been confiscated from certain persons

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QUESTION NO: 1064

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 14 OF 04 SEPTEMBER 2009

DR W G JAMES (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

Whether it is South Africa’s position that the SA Development Community (SADC) should persuade President Robert Mugabe to abide by the SADC Judicial Tribunal ruling by taking all reasonable steps to return the land that has been confiscated from certain persons (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?  NW1064E

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As an active member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), South Africa’s position will align with the decision of the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government on the issue of the SADC Tribunal and compliance with its rulings. 

During the 29th Ordinary SADC Summit held from 7-8 September 2009 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Heads of State and Government again mandated the SADC Ministers of Justice/Attorneys-General to discuss the issue further and present recommendations to the next Summit accordingly.  The Ministers of Justice/Attorneys-General will meet at a date yet to be confirmed.

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