2021-w2347 - 23 November 2021

Thembi Portia Msane to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What measures does the Government intend to take in order to ensure that King Mswati III implements comprehensive democratic reforms in Eswatini?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 23 Nov 2021

His Excellency, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence, and Security Cooperation, is seized with the engagements to bring about lasting solution to the political challenges in Eswatini.

To this effect, President Ramaphosa dispatched SADC Organ Troika Special Envoys to Eswatini from 21-22 October 2021, to engage with His Majesty King ...

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2021-w2199 - 10 November 2021

Mzwanele Nyhontso to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

With reference to the Republic’s successful hosting of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and related intolerance in Durban on 30 July 2021, and the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaiming 2015 – 2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD) through resolution 68/237, what steps has the Government taken in promoting and implementing IDPAD in the Republic; (1) (a) what steps has the Government taken to promote IDPAD in the structures and programmes of the (i) African Union and (ii) Southern African Development Community and (b) has she found that the specified steps had any impact on the continent; (2) Whether her department has taken any steps to promote IDPAD amongst the African Diaspora; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Whether, in view of the Caribbean Community and Common Market using IDPAD to call for African Reparations; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) Whether the Government will provide (a) country reports submitted to the United Nations on IDPAD and (b) the date of submission of each specified report; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 10 Nov 2021

1. From the time South Africa successfully hosted the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) in Durban in 2001, our country has been in the forefront, particularly at the continental and multilateral/global levels to ensure that the outcomes of the Durban Conference are not only promoted, but are implemented by all countries around the world. It is important to note that the global anti-racism agenda ...

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2021-w1966 - 28 September 2021

Mkhuleko Hlengwa to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What are the (a) key strategic priorities of the Republic after assuming the role of organ of peace and security in the region at the 41st Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community and (b) budgetary implications in this regard?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 28 Sep 2021

During the 41st Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on 17 and 18 August 2021 in Lilongwe, Republic of Malawi, the Republic of South Africa became the Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

The overall objective and function of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security is the promotion of peace, security and stability ...

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2021-w1954 - 21 September 2021

Thembi Portia Msane to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What steps has the Government taken in attempts to reverse the observer status granted to Israel by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission; (2) Whether the Government intends to permanently close down the Embassy of Israel in the Republic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW 2186E

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 21 Sep 2021

1. The Government of the Republic of South Africa has formally, lodged an objection to the unilateral decision by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) to grant the State of Israel observer status to the African Union (AU).

  • 1.1 Consequently, the matter has been placed on the agenda of the AU Executive Council that will convene on 13 and 14 October 2021.
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2021-w2218 - 17 September 2021

Robert Alfred Lees to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether, with reference to her oral reply to questions 31 on 3 March 2021 and the President’s reply to question 1077 on 24 May 2021, the investigation into the land purchase in New York has been completed ; if not, (a) what are the detailed reasons for the non – completion and (b) by what date will the investigation be completed; if so, (i) what are the details of the (aa) findings (bb) recommendations and (ii) will she furnish Mr R A Lees with a copy of the report; (2) Whether the findings and recommendations have been (a) accepted and (b) acted upon; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2522E

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 17 Sep 2021

1(a) Open Water Advanced Risk Solutions was appointed to conduct an investigation

(b) The investigation was completed in July 2019.

(i)(aa) the detailed findings are contained in a report, and confirm the 2017/18 AGSA findings.

(bb) the recommendations are contained in the report.

(ii) The Department has hard copies of the report.

2(a) the Director-General has been found guilty and dismissed with a 30 ...

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2021-w1955 - 17 September 2021

Thembi Portia Msane to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What interventions is the Government pursuing in the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) in curbing and preventing the deaths of young women and men who enter into child marriages, as it has been observed that all previous measures such as the AU campaign held in 2014 – 17 period and the SADC Model Law on Eradicating Child Marriage and Protecting Children already in marriage, signed in 2016, have not been effective?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 17 Sep 2021

South Africa’s foreign policy is based on its Constitutional values and principles central to which are the rights of the Child. In the context of the post-apartheid era where an array of laws and frameworks have been put in place to protect the child, South Africa has complemented these with actions at the regional, continental and United Nations level.

In order to build on ...

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2021-w1926 - 16 September 2021

Mogamad Ganief Ebrahim Hendricks to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

In light of concerns raised over governance in Rwanda, will the Minister consider proposals (see attached Road Map for a Promising Future for Rwanda) on dialogues from Rwanda citizens and civil society to promote in its inter-governmental talks with the government of Rwanda, as to how reform can be achieved by considering the following:- (a) That South Africa support the consideration of proposals made by Rwanda’s civil society organisations; (b) to note that such proposals are in line with the United Nations Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Prevention and Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes; (a) That South Africa support the consideration of proposals made by Rwanda’s civil society organisations; (b) to note that such proposals are in line with the United Nations Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Prevention and Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes; (b) Whether South Africa will also advocate and support such proposals within the international community, at United Nations level and through diplomatic channels to European countries, the United States and United Kingdom and individual countries in the African Great Lakes region, the South African Development Community and East African Community.

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 16 Sep 2021

a) The South African Government has not been directly approached by the mentioned organisation or Rwandan citizens or civil society on this matter.

South Africa’s foreign policy is based, amongst others, on mutual respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries with whom it has diplomatic relations. In this regard, South Africa believes in non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries unless ...

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2021-w1826 - 02 September 2021

Mkhuleko Hlengwa to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) Whether she has taken relevant steps to negotiate with her counterparts in the United Kingdom, in order to mitigate the effect of the Republic being placed on the United Kingdom ’s travel red list, and the impact it is having on the relations between the two nations (details furnished ); if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details; (2) Whether she and the Minister of Tourism have liaised on the matter; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details†

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 2 Sep 2021

  1. Yes, my Department is currently engaging with the government of the United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to raise this matter within the context of our strategic bilateral relationship. Such matters form part of our ongoing engagements and exchange of views on bilateral, regional and global issues that present challenges and opportunities to both our countries. The UK has placed South ...
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2021-w1808 - 31 August 2021

Constance Nonhlanhla Mkhonto to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What (a) intervention has the Government made to persuade King Mswati III to allow democratic reforms to take place in eSwatini and (b) options will she pursue against any continued surppression of voices for democracy in the specified country?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 31 Aug 2021

a) His Excellency, Mr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, the President of the Republic of Botswana, in his capacity as a chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation invited SADC Troika Ministers to travel to Eswatini on 11 July 2021 to meet with the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini and political leaderships as well as civil ...

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2021-w1825 - 31 August 2021

Mkhuleko Hlengwa to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether any South African (SA) nationals are stuck in Afghanistan; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether there are any immediate plans to withdraw SA nationals from Afghanistan; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details? NW2048e

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 31 Aug 2021

1. Yes, there are thirty four (34) South Africans present in Afghanistan according to the reports from the South African High Commission in Pakistan. Thirty (30) South Africans managed to leave Kabul on evacuation flights arranged by the relevant Employers who utilised the United States of America and the United Kingdom evacuation flights. The remaining four South African citizens await evacuation arrangements by the ...

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