Zim law: DA want answers

2008-03-11 00:00

Cape Town — The Democratic Alliance’s Tony Leon has called on Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to outline what plans she has to protect SA interests in Zimbabwe, following President Robert Mugabe’s signing into law a bill giving Zimbabwean business owners the right to take majority control of foreign-owned companies.

Leon said he will write to the chairman of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs portfolio committee, Job Sithole, to ask that Dlamini-Zuma be called to give an urgent briefing to the committee.

Leon said Dlamini-Zuma must explain what her department is doing to protect South African-owned property in Zimbabwe, and to account for the “inexplicable failure” of the SA government to sign the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (Bippa).

“[Bippa] would have afforded SA interests in that country a greater degree of protection,” he said.

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