After paying a courtesy name on Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday, the newly elected SADC Executive Secretary Mr Elias Magosi mentioned, as the top of the secretariat driving programmes and insurance policies of the 16-member bloc, he intends to make sure there’s regional integration.
His name comes amid rising tensions in South Africa the place foreigners have as soon as once more been underneath assault from South Africans in an Afrophobic wave that’s code-named Operation Dudula. The operation is being spear-headed by a vigilante group whose chief is a 36-year-old pilot Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini.
Last month, a Zimbabwean Elvis Nyathi was brutally murdered by South Africans in Diepsloot in a foreboding repeat of different equally brutal and callous assaults on foreigners.
However, Mr Magosi mentioned such actions are an anathema to the founding values of the regional bloc that was based in August 1992.
“The concept of the founding fathers of the neighborhood was to make sure that we combine and that we have now our residents shifting freely throughout the area, which means they may discover financial exercise anyplace within the area.
“Zimbabweans might transfer into Botswana, and residents of Botswana might transfer to Zimbabwe or anyplace within the area with out concern that when working they need to be wanting behind their again feeling that they’re insecure, so these facets which have been within the Republic of South Africa, clearly because the secretariat and Sadc, we will likely be involved about.
“We are concerned about it and we are engaged with the leadership of the Republic of South Africa for them to find solutions,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the area additionally encourages bilateral engagements between member states within the occasion of xenophobia, which has recently been simmering in South Africa on the instigation of Operation Dudula, which is concentrating on Africans in what some have described as Afrophobia.
“We encourage governments to have interaction on the highest stage to ensure that residents in both nation are safe and that the safety shouldn’t be compromised. The message that I’d ship to these practising it, say in South Africa, is that they’ve residents elsewhere and wouldn’t need their residents in different elements of the area to be handled like that.
“There are citizens of South Africa who are enjoying peace in the other 15 member states and that is what we would want for citizens of Zimbabwe, if they go to South Africa looking for opportunities, and the South Africans must realise that these citizens that are coming are for the economic development of their country,” he mentioned.
The Sadc Executive Secretary mentioned his mandate is to make sure that the aspirations of the regional bloc founding fathers to ensure Southern Africa prospers and is built-in, are fulfilled.
“The area has finished very effectively when it comes to instruments, processes, and protocols and it’s time now to place that to good use, to implement.
“My role as secretary is that I expedite that, if there are protocols to sign we have to expedite the signing of those agreements. I am focusing primarily on policies driving integration,” he mentioned.
Mr Magosi added that the main focus is on the signing of protocols in commerce and infrastructural improvement which is able to finally enhance the welfare of the residents of the SADC area.
With one in all Sadc member states, Mozambique, underneath assault from insurgents in its Northern Cabo Delgado area, Mr Magosi mentioned he was decided to additionally be sure that Southern Africans respect the significance of collaboration and intervention when a member state’s sovereignty, peace, and stability is underneath risk.
“I’m additionally taking a look at enhancing the visibility of SADC, not many individuals know SADC as a neighborhood. We are taking a look at what can we do to enhance the visibility of SADC to ensure the residents of SADC might know the programmes which can be being carried out inside say the Republic of Zimbabwe.
“Now we are in Mozambique. When the Parliament of Zimbabwe has to provide resources or funds for President Mnangagwa to use in the Republic of Mozambique, they should understand, including those in opposition they should understand, why we should spend those resources in the Republic of Mozambique; we are nipping terrorism in the bud. It’s not only the threat to the Republic of Mozambique but a threat to the entire region, that can grow quickly like a wildfire, so there is a reason why we should intervene,” mentioned Mr Magosi.
Zimbabwe, like many SADC member states, has stood by Mozambique, sending trainers and likewise serving to with meals help.
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