5 June 2000
Press statement by Graham McIntosh, MP
Spokesperson for the DP delegation to Zimbabwe
DP pleased to be part of SA delegation to Zim
The DP is pleased to be part of the South African parliamentary delegation to observe the Zimbabwean elections. It is particularly pleased that parliament took up the DP suggestion that instead of the initial delegation of seven MPs it be tripled in size. The delegation of twenty is a recognition of the critical importance of South Africa in the region and that we are the country with the most influence on Zimbabwe.
The DP delegation of three is under my leadership. Dan Maluleke from Gauteng and Stuart Farrow from the Eastern Cape are the other MPs on the team. The leader of the team is Mr Tony Yengeni MP who is the Chief Whip of the ANC. There will be a team of support staff.
The DP delegation recognises that the South African parliament has a vital interest in democracy in our region and wants to support and observe the process in Zimbabwe. Without in any way detracting from the DP's role as the leading opposition party in the South African parliament, the DP looks forward to making a useful and constructive contribution to the parliamentary delegation.
Within the South African parliament there is a unifying commitment to democracy and the democratic process which includes regular elections which are fairly and freely contested.
Graham McIntosh: 083 7089988
Lauren Winchester 082 3201836