By Wallace Mawire
The Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community
(SADC), President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has called for a meeting
to discuss the unfolding political and security situation in Zimbabwe,
according to the SADC Secretariat in Botswana.
According to Barbara Lopi, Senior Officer, Public Relations Unit, SADC
Secretariat, the meeting will be held on the today at the SADC
Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana.
She said that the meeting will be attended by the Ministers
responsible for Foreign or External Affairs from the SADC Organ Troika
Member States, namely, Republic of Angola, United Republic of Tanzania
and Republic of Zambia, plus the SADC Council Chairperson who is the
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation for South Africa.
It is also reported that President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of SADC,
has noted with great concern the unfolding political situation in the
Republic of Zimbabwe.
Zuma has called for calm and restraint and has expressed hope that
developments in Zimbabwe would not lead to unconstitutional changes of
government saying that would be contrary to both SADC and African
He has urged the government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the
Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) to resolve the political impasse
amicably and has urged the ZDF to ensure that the maintenance of peace
and security in the country is not compromised.
“SADC will continue to closely monitor the situation and remains
ready to assist where necessary to resolve the political impasse in
keeping with established SADC Protocols and processes,”Zuma said.
SADC is an organisation of 16 Member States established in 1980. The
mission of SADC is to promote sustainable and equitable economic
growth and socio-economic development through efficient, productive
systems, deeper cooperation and integration, good governance and
durable peace and security, so that the region emerges as a
competitive and effective player in international relations and the