RSA Unrest Cost Region’s Business Competence
Experts from the SADC block fear the unrest in South Africa has the potential of damaging business competence in the SADC region, hence need for the South African government to resolve the matter with urgency.
The unrest in South Africa has ignited more calls for integration in the Southern Africa Development Community SADC region as it has the potential to affect economic livelihoods in countries around South Africa
Although the unrest has been sparked by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma, experts in the region believe it has much to do with the socio-economic terrain for citizens in South Africa and SADC member states.
Chris Maroleng, Executive Director for the Good Governance Africa in South Africa says the situation not only affects the rainbow nation but also the region as South Africa hosts people of different nationalities.
Zimbabwean Rotary peace fellow and institute for peace and economics ambassador Patience Rusale fears the situation is damaging business competence and will affect trade and commerce in the SADC region.
Malawi’s good governance expert Victor Chipofya Jnr says while South Africa is a sovereign state, what is happening in that country could have an effect on the economies around it.
In Mozambique, Dr. Craig Moffat a Security and Governance expert cautions that the goings-on in South Africa would have a long-term effect on the region hence the need for concerted efforts to help stop the unrest.
A number of people have died and some 500 people arrested in the violence that has erupted in the wake of the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma. But South Africa is a trade route for most countries in the SADC such as Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia whose supply could be interrupted by the unrest.
The violence is also affecting investment forcing the government to deploy soldiers to help police quell the growing violence.