Zimbabwe and South Africa: Security Takes Precedence Over Economy

Image: Flickr, GovernmentZA
Image: Flickr, GovernmentZA

South Africa and its partners in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) removed Zimbabwe from its agenda following the July 2013 elections in Zimbabwe, which saw Zanu-PF return to power.

The decision by SADC to end regional monitoring for Zimbabwe was based on security and political considerations that overlooked the longer-term implications of a slow economic meltdown. The decision also highlights how South Africa’s economic diplomacy has not progressed much beyond the promotion of trade and investment. A key factor hindering its success is the lack of co-operation and communication between the South African government and the private sector. South Africa’s relationship with Zimbabwe would benefit from a shared approach that involves all stakeholders.

18 Feb 2015

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SAIIA Policy Briefing No 126, February 2015
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa, Zimbabwe
SAIIA Programme
Economic Diplomacy
Catherine Grant Makokera, Southern African Development Community (SADC)
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