Whether consideration was given to a certain person’s (name and details furnished) human rights record in the process of accepting his credentials and granting him access to South Africa

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QUESTION NO:  3757 (NW4547E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 41-2011 OF 25 NOVEMBER 2011

Mr K S Mubu (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

Whether consideration was given to a certain person’s (name and details furnished) human rights record in the process of accepting his credentials and granting him access to South Africa; if not, (a) why not and (b) how does she give credence to the Government’s commitment to human rights in our relations with other countries; if so, (i) when was the person given clearance and (ii) what are the further relevant details?

REPLY:

    (a) (b) It is the practice that the Government of the sending state requests that the receiving state grants agrément for the appointment of its nominee.  The sending state requested the South African Government in 2010 to accept the nomination of its Ambassador designate (name furnished).  Enquiries at the time of the Ambassador designate’s nomination turned up no adverse information and, as far as South Africa is aware, there are no pending criminal charges against the Ambassador designate anywhere. 
    (i) Agrément for the appointment of the Ambassador designate as Ambassador of the sending state was granted on 28 January 2011.
    (ii) The Ambassador designate presented Credentials to President Zuma on 12 July 2011.

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