SA Must Help Find Solutions to Continent’s Problems, Says Chair
Although South Africa cannot impose political solutions to political conflict-ridden African countries such as Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Libya, but it must be seen playing a meaningful role in the efforts of finding solutions to those countries, that’s what the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Co-operation, Mr Hargreaves Magama said this week.
The Chairperson said this during a briefing by the Department of International Relations and Co-operation’s Acting Director General Mr Ambassador Matjila.
“The delayed solutions mean prolonged suffering of ordinary people on the street in those countries,” said Mr Magama.
Mr Matjila briefed the Committee on progress made in Zimbabwe on the Global Political Agreement and the recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa with specific reference to Syria and Libya. He said that the government has made some significant contribution in facilitating fruitful engagement between the government leadership in those countries and the leadership of the people who demand political freedoms.
On the Zimbabwean situation, Mr Matjila said the factors that derail progress in Zimbabwe include divisions in the major political players such as ZANU-PF and both MDCs. “The parties don’t speak in one voice especially the MDCs,” said Mr Matjila. – Mava Lukani