Delegation for relations with South Africa : EP resolutions

EU/SADC EPA States Economic Partnership Agreement 

The European Parliament adopted by 417 votes to 216, with 66 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the SADC EPA States, of the other part.

Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement given that it has the potential to bring fundamental positive change and contribute to sustainable economic growth and deepened intra-regional trade and integration between the SADC EPA States (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland).

South Africa: massacre of striking miners 

Miners  
Miners © European Parliament 
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on South Africa: massacre of striking miners.

The resolution was tabled by the S&D, GUE/NGL, Greens/EFA, ECR, EPP and ALDE groups.

It strongly condemns the brutal killing of striking miners on 16 August 2012, when 34 people were shot dead and at least 78 were injured on 16 August 2012 in clashes between police and striking miners at the Marikana Lonmin platinum mine in North West Province. It also condemns the preceding violence which claimed the lives of 10 people.

Members welcome President Zuma's decision to establish a Commission of Inquiry and call on the Commission to act thoroughly independently and impartially, and to investigate the root cause of the excessive use of force by the police, and express deep concern about the authorities' use of the apartheid-era 'common purpose' law, under which 270 mineworkers were arrested at the strikes and charged for the deaths of their own companions. [...]