DA steps up offensive

South Africa’s biggest opposition party vowed this week that it would now fight for hands-on involvement, which is expected to close all ranks between President Jacob Zuma and President Robert Mugabe.

Praising a commitment by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, that South Africa was committed to the Global Political Agreement, the DA said it wanted those words put into action.

“The Minister confirmed that South Africa does not intend to allow deviation from the GPA, despite the fact that the constitution-drafting teams are two years behind schedule,” said Ian Davidson, the DA’s Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

“The GPA determines that the constitution-making process in Zimbabwe must be concluded before elections are held. We hope this means that South Africa, as the key mediator, will reject calls by President Robert Mugabe for elections to be held this year. “

The DA vowed to hold Nkoana-Mashabane to her commitment to the GPA and on Monday, Davidson wrote to the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation to request regular feedback from the Minister on steps taken to ensure its implementation.

“We will continue to monitor the government’s position on and intervention in Zimbabwe to ensure that it does not allow Zimbabwe’s new constitution to create a vacuum for Robert Mugabe to continue his reign as president-for-life,” said Davidson.

Responding to questions from DA MPs, Nkoana-Mashabane reiterated Zuma’s stance that there would be no elections in Zimbabwe without a new constitution, which should be put to a referendum and passed by the people.

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