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There are no less than five protocols intended to safeguard our freedom: for instance, movement of persons, corruption and my favourite – politics, defence and security By Rejoice Ngwenya According to its virtual platform, “The main objectives of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are to achieve economic development, peace and security, and growth, alleviate poverty, enhance the standard and quality of life of the peoples of Southern Africa, and support the socially disadvantaged through Regional Integration.” We are then reminded how the SADC “is a Regional Economic Community comprising 16 Member States inclusive of Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe”. Of these countries listed above, one can safely draw a green thread of political discontent, mass national poverty, corruption and electoral disorder through fifty percent of them. If you (are made to) appreciate why “SADCC was formed to advance the cause of national political liberation in Southern Africa, and to reduce dependence particularly on the then apartheid era South Africa”, you then marvel at why guaranteeing individual freedoms was not on its original agenda. Had individual freedom been an