SA silences MPs on SADC observer mission to Zimbabwe

source: SW Radio Africa

By Tererai Karimakwenda
20 March, 2008

It appears that the policy of “quiet diplomacy” practiced by South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki is about to be applied to the regional observer mission deployed to Zimbabwe. South African parliamentarians assigned to the SADC team that will be monitoring Zimbabwe’s elections have been ordered not to issue independent statements.

The instruction came from Ambassador Kingsley Mamabolo, the foreign affairs deputy director-general for Africa, at a media briefing in Pretoria on Wednesday that was attended by the 54-member delegation.
Mamabolo said the delegation was to be guided by the SADC code of conduct and members should “not seek to score cheap political points” by expressing their individual views.

President Mbeki last year gagged negotiators from [continue reading]

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