Steps by the South African Government to ensure that the Government of Zimbabwe sets and adheres to an election date and meets the overall targets of the Global Political Agreement

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QUESTION NO: 3117 (NW3943E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 40-2012 OF 9 NOVEMBER 2012

MR L S NGONYAMA (COPE) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

  1. Whether the Government intends to take steps to ensure that the government of Zimbabwe (a)(i) sets and (ii) adheres to an election date and (b) meets the overall targets of the Global Political Agreement; if not, (aa) why not and (bb) what are the details of envisaged and/or experienced stumbling blocks in this regard; if so, what steps;

  2. What is the impact of the current situation in Zimbabwe on the (a) African agenda and (b) African Diaspora?

REPLY:

1. In executing her SADC mandate, South Africa continues to encourage and assist the Zimbabwe political leadership to fully implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA). The implementation of the GPA remains the sole responsibility of the parties to the agreement.  South Africa is a guarantor of the agreement.

2a) The current situation in Zimbabwe has no direct impact on what the South African Government calls “the African Agenda” which is to strengthen the African Union and its structures in pursuit of the continental integration, promotion of peace and security on the continent and promotion of economic development using Regional Economic Communities (RECs) as building blocks in the integration process.

2b) At the height of the socio-economic challenges in Zimbabwe, a significant number of Zimbabwean citizens left the country mainly to neighbouring states in particular South Africa. However, in the light of Zimbabwe’s economic recovery some of the Zimbabwean citizens have started returning to their country.

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