Status of the investigation whether SADC has put measures in place to pre-empt violence and killing of opposition leader.
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO: 1262 (NE1509E)
PUBLISHED IN INTENRAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 17-2013 OF 24 MAY 2013
MR LS NGONYAMA (COPE) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:
(1.) Whether the Southern African Development Corporation (SADC) put measures in place to pre-empt violence and killing of opposition leaders in the run-up to the Zimbabwe elections; if so, what are the relevant details?
(1) The Southern African Development Community (SADC) as one of the guarantors of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) in Zimbabwe has remained seized with the implementation of the GPA to the extent that it appointed in November 2009 President Zuma as Facilitator of the Zimbabwe political dialogue.
The Facilitator and his Facilitation Task Team are working closely with the Zimbabwe political leadership to ensure full implementation of the GPA and the roadmap towards elections. The roadmap to elections includes among others the need to create an environment that is conducive for peaceful, credible and free and fair elections in Zimbabwe.
The Facilitator occasionally reports back to SADC Summits on the progress in the implementation of the GPA. In this regard, at some of its Summits, SADC has expressed concern about reports of violence and intimidation and has consequently resolved that there must be an immediate end of violence, intimidation, hate speech, harassment and any other form of action that contradicts the letter and spirit of the GPA.
SADC therefore believes that the political leadership in Zimbabwe will do everything possible to ensure peace and tranquillity as the country prepares for her elections.
The overall responsibility of any political process in Zimbabwe remains the responsibility of the signatories of the GPA and the broader political leadership in Zimbabwe.