Advancement of Financial Bail-out Loan by the Government of South Africa to the Swaziland Government and the Encouragement for Democratic Reforms in Swaziland

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QUESTION NO: 293 (NW371E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 4-2012 OF 24 FEBRUARY 2012

Mr L S Ngonyama (COPE) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

  1. Whether the Government of South Africa has advanced the financial bail-out loan to the Swaziland government, if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details?

  2. Whether the government intends pursuing any diplomatic measures to encourage democratic reforms in Swaziland, if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details?

REPLY:

  1. No. The Government has not advanced the financial assistance to the Kingdom of Swaziland as the negotiations between the two countries have not been concluded yet.

  2. Yes, South Africa uses diplomatic means to encourage the Swazis to engage in a process of meaningful political dialogue aimed at the country’s future based on the will of the Swazi people.

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