SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma has said Sadc and continental structures will intervene in Zimbabwe “if provisions of democracy” are compromised.
In a written response to a question in parliament from Democratic Alliance leader in the House, Athol Trolip, on the outcome of a probe by retired South African army generals into political violence before last year’s presidential election run-off, Zuma said the region and the continent would not watch Zimbabwe sliding into chaos.
Trolip had asked Zuma whether he would make public the report made by the retired generals to investigate the role of the military in violence and also wanted to know if the president would send them back to Zimbabwe to probe reports of continued intimidation and harassment of MDC members and activists.
Zuma said South Africa would not make public the findings of the generals because they did not submit a written report to then president, Thabo Mbeki, who had sent them to Zimbabwe.
He said the generals had “verbally” briefed Mbeki on the situation in the country then.
Zuma said there was no need to send the generals back to Zimbabwe because the formation of the inclusive government in February had resulted in politically motivated violence subsiding.
“We have noted that since the establishment of the coalition government in Zimbabwe the nature and extent of violence has subsided,” Zuma said. “We are confident that the current coalition government will make greater efforts to make certain that there is widespread respect and promotion for the rule of law and human rights, including political rights and freedom of association.”
BY LOUGHTY DUBE