Opposition parties press Zuma on CAR

2013-04-03 17:34
Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma breached the Constitution by sending troops to the Central African Republic, opposition parties said on Wednesday.

They said he should inform Parliament about reported deployments to neighbouring central African states.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson David Maynier said the SA National Defence Force was apparently deploying "a significant force" to Gemena in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Entebbe in Uganda.

"The concern is that these forces may be used to 'hit back' in the CAR. President Jacob Zuma must immediately inform Parliament about any new deployment of the defence force," Maynier said.

"The president is making a big mistake if he thinks the defence force can be deployed... in secret without informing the public and Parliament."

Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota said Zuma breached his constitutional obligation by sending troops to the CAR.

Zuma was obliged to request a parliamentary approval to send troops to the CAR.

"As matters now stand, he appears to have breached his constitutional obligation."

Lekota said Zuma had no right to deploy soldiers on a mission to disarm and demilitarise citizens of a foreign country."

The comments came as it emerged that Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was to brief Parliament about the mission in the CAR on 23 April, exactly a month after 13 soldiers were killed and 27 injured in a clash with Seleka rebel fighters outside the capital Bangui.

Full inquiry

Zuma has insisted troops were sent to the CAR in terms of an agreement signed in 2007, in which South Africa was to train the CAR army.

He informed Parliament in January, in a letter to the Speaker, that the deployment would be beefed up to fulfil South Africa's "international obligations".

However, the fatalities have prompted questions about the mission and its mandate, with critics saying South Africa appeared to have sought to prop up now-ousted president Francois Bozize.

At a memorial service for the slain soldiers on Tuesday, Zuma said no country discussed its military strategy in public.

"No country discusses its military strategy in public in the manner in which South Africa is expected to do in this country.

"Those who are engaging in this game should be careful not to endanger both the national interest and the security of the republic while pursuing party political goals."

The DA has demanded an urgent Parliamentary debate and a full inquiry into the military deployment in the CAR.

The party said the mission smacked of scandal given allegations that the ANC's investment front, Chancellor House, had investments in the troubled but mineral-rich state.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said delivering a ministerial statement to the legislature in more than a fortnight would be too little, too late.

"This is an affront to our fallen SANDF members and to citizens who expect to see Parliament fulfil its constitutional role of holding the executive to account.

"It also shows that this matter is not being handled with the urgency it deserves, and that neither President Zuma nor his Cabinet are willing to take South Africa into their confidence on an issue of national importance, which is mired in controversy," she said.

- SAPA
Read more on:    cope  |  da  |  anc  |  sandf  |  mosiuoa lekota  |  david maynier  |  nosiviwe mapisa-nqakula  |  lindiwe mazibuko  |  central african republic  |  car uprisings  |  central africa  |  politics  |  military
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
92 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Hottie of the day: Nicole Meyer!

Nicole is the cover girl for the 2014 edition of SA Swimsuit! Check out some smoking hot pics of here here.

 
 

Men24.com

11 things men don’t know about their clothes
Hilarious mortal kombat elevator prank!
This is how the Top Gear presenters spend their £55 million!
Thirty and still single? There’s hope!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It may be hard to stay cool, calm and collected. Your emotions can get quite heated in the moment. You may benefit from finding a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.