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In May 2008, then President Thabo Mbeki commissioned six retired South African Generals to report on allegations of violence committed in the aftermath of the first round of Zimbabwe’s elections of March 2008. That report has never been made public and the Presidency now maintains that a written report was never compiled. The report was commissioned under the auspices of Mbeki’s SADC-appointed role as facilitator of political dialogue in Zimbabwe. The existence, or non-existence of the report, has implications for the obligations owed by former President Mbeki and the current South African government to SADC, and for the obligations of SADC itself.




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