Status on whether the approval of a certain person was initially held back by Minister's predecessor.

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QUESTION NO: 1480

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 20 OF 09 OCTOBER 2009

Dr C P Mulder (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)       Whether the approval of a certain person (details furnished) was initially held back by her predecessor after he was proposed by his government as ambassador to South Africa; if not, why not; if so, what was the reason for the delay;

(2)       whether her predecessor informed her about the reasons for the delay; if so,

(3)       whether the reasons for the Government’s delay in approving his appointment still remain; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, why has her department now granted approval for his appointment to South Africa?                    NW1841E

REPLY:

(1) No.
Upon request for Agrément, the normal process of verification within the Department of International Relations and Cooperation was followed, in consultation with other relevant Departments. This process was finalised during July 2005.

(2) No.

(3) There was no undue delay
See Paragraph (1)
Agrément was granted on 4 September 2009 and the relevant Foreign Ministry was informed accordingly on 9 September 2009

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