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SADC Organ Chair dispatches fact-finding mission to Swaziland

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The SADC Secretariat has confirmed that a fact-finding mission has been dispatched to the Kingdom of eSwatini, to address the violent political and security disturbances occurring in the country.

On Tuesday, 6 July 2021, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat released a statement by the Chairperson of the SADC Organ for Politics, Defence and Security, Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana, regarding a fact-finding mission to the Kingdom of eSwatini. The SADC Secretariat confirmed that following receipt of the reports on the recent political and security disturbances in Swaziland, the SADC Organ Chair, Dr Masisi has reportedly dispatched a fact-finding mission to the Kingdom of eSwatini.

It is said to be constituted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republics of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. According to the SADC Secretariat, the purpose of the mission is to gather first-hand information on the disturbances, including the state of security in the country, and to call for calm and restraint from all stakeholders.

Furthermore, the mission reportedly seeks to propose an open national dialogue to achieve a way forward and to find a solution. Due to short notice, the SADC Secretariat noted that not all stakeholders could be reached, and it was agreed that a second mission would have to be dispatched. Consultations are said to have been held peacefully, with an urgency to address the situation.

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Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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