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South Africa’s PAP Delegation Accuses Western and Eastern African Caucuses of Undermining Pan-African Unity

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THE South African delegation to the Pan-African Parliament has condemned what it calls a ‘brazen’ attempt by the Western and Eastern caucuses to undermine the unity of the continent by not implementing an African Union (AU) resolution to rotate the Presidency of the continental parliament.

This after chaotic scenes played out once again at the Pan African Parliament on Tuesday.

The house has since adjourned after fighting erupted for the second-day in a row.

PAP is holding the 4th Ordinary Session of its Fifth Parliament in Midrand.

The SA delegation, led by NCOP chair Amos Masondo, said the Western and Eastern caucuses’ attempt to continue with electing the new PAP President ignoring advice from the AU that the “well-established principle of geographical rotation” within the Union be observed was a sign that they do not value unity in the continent.

The southern and northern regional caucuses are the only two of the five caucuses in the continent that have not held the Presidency of the PAP since it was established in March 2004.

The northern regional caucus has not nominated a candidate for the Presidency while the southern caucus has nominated current acting PAP President, Chief Fortune Charumbira, as its candidate.
“The two Caucuses have been using their majority in the continental Parliament to ensure only their candidates occupy the Presidency and when the time comes to account they use the same majority to shield them from accounting for how they spent the funds of the PAP,” said Masondo.

Other members of the SA delegation include Pemmy Majodina, the Chief Whip of the Majority Party in the National Assembly, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema, and the Democratic Alliance’s Thembekile Majola.

Masondo said an AU Executive Council Decision adopted in June 2017 called upon the PAP “to apply the African Union values, rules and regulations in managing all activities of the organ, including rotation of the Bureau and Presidency.”
“The AU uses the principle of geographical rotation “to ensure the recruitment and appointment/election process … allow each region to assume the role on rotation basis as an established customary international bodies of the Union,” said Masondo.

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