Measures by Government to pressure the Government of Swaziland into making Democratic Reforms, other than the Conditions stipulated in the Terms of the Bail-out Loan
FOR ORAL REPLY
QUESTION NO: 586 (CW681)
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 38-2011 OF 18 NOVEMBER 2011
Mr RA LEES TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:
- Whether the Government has identified any other measures to pressure the Government of Swaziland into making democratic reforms, other than the conditions stipulated in the terms of the bail-out loan; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what measures?
- Whether the Government is pursuing any other measures to encourage democratic reforms in Swaziland; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
- No. The Government subscribes to international principles of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states. Within the framework of the principle of self-determination of states, the Swazi people have the right to determine the path and destiny of their own country.
- No. South Africa uses the diplomatic channel to encourage the Swazis to engage in a process of meaningful political dialogue aimed at determining the country’s future based on the will of the Swazi people.