Rather than grandstanding, SADC should back a re-engagement process to negotiate a solution to sanctions.
After its 38th Ordinary Summit held in Windhoek, Namibia, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) endorsed the 23rd of March as a day to mark the Southern Africa Liberation Day. The date is a special day for the region, highly regarded as one of the turning points in southern Africa’s history.
Southern Africa’s liberation movements have been losing popularity and confronting a crisis of legitimacy.
The tiny, landlocked mountain kingdom of Lesotho has been giving the region a chronic migraine, way out of proportion to its size, for a long time. Last week the Southern African Development Community (SADC) finally had enough and put its foot down
This weekend, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will convene a double troika summit in Mozambique to receive the report of its commission of inquiry into ‘disturbances to peace and stability’ in Lesotho. The 10-member commission, led by Botswana High Court judge, Mpaphi Phumaphi, was deployed in September and concluded its work in early November. The inquiry was established following the SADC summit that took place in Pretoria in July.
Closed borders, increasing acts of xenophobia and the absence of popular participation mirror the failures of SADC to live up to its aspirations. Yet it re-introduced a weakened Tribunal, with serious implications for the citizens of the 15 member states