A study tour to South Africa by the Zimbabwe National Assembly focused on transitional justice, as the country progresses towards effecting the constitutionally mandated National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC). The 27 February to 1 March mission sought to gather some lessons from South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
The delegation, comprised of Members and staff of both the Senate and Parliament and representing the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and the Thematic Committee on Human Rights met with the Parliament of South Africa’s Justice and Constitutional Development Committee. Historical ties between the two countries and issues relating to the process and outcomes of the TRC were discussed.
The delegation also met with former TRC Commissioner, Yasmin Sooka and the South African Human Rights Commission. They further engaged in a roundtable discussion with academics representing the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.
The study tour to South Africa will be followed up with a similar one to Kenya.
The study visit forms a key part of the Strategic Partnership programme between the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, AWEPA and the Netherlands Institute for Multi-Party Democracy (NIMD). The SP Zimbabwe programme’s focus is on supporting the NPRC process as well as strategies for maintaining or increasing the percentage of women in parliament beyond the 2023 expiry of the special seats provision under the 2013 Constitution. The Zimbabwe Institute (ZI) is the programme’s local implementing partner.