Departmental support of the Call by President Robert Mugabe and the ZANU-PF to hold Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Zimbabwe this year
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO: 179 (NW197E)
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER 2-2012 of 17 FEBRUARY 2012
Mr KS MUBU (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:
Whether her department supports the call by President Robert Mugabe and the ZANU-PF to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe this year; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
South Africa, through President Jacob Zuma, is mandated by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to assist the Zimbabwe political leadership to implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA). The GPA provides a guide to the holding of elections in Zimbabwe. In this regard, the GPA envisages that an election in Zimbabwe will only be held following the finalisation of the constitution making process. Currently the Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC) is drafting a new Constitution for Zimbabwe after which a referendum and then elections should be held.