THE opposition MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa has said Zimbabweans “are on our own as South Africa can’t help us in resolving our problems”, with Zanu-PF praising the African National Congress (ANC) delegation for discussing various issues with only the ruling party.
A high-powered delegation of the African National Congress (ANC) led by the party’s secretary general, Ace Magashule, is expected to return to South Africa after holding meetings with Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu PF party, accused by some locals of gross human rights violations by locals and the international community.
Magashule told reporters in Harare on Wednesday that they would organize the return trip in conjunction with Zanu PF.
According to state media reports, Magashule, who is accompanied by Lindiwe Zulu, Gwede Mantashe, Tony Yengeni, Enock Gondongwana, Nosiviwe Ngqakula and several others, held some meetings with top ruling party officials and discussed various issues.
In a tweet, Zimbabwe’s Information Secretary, Nick Mangwana quoted Magashule saying, “We have also received some requests to meet other stakeholders like Transform Zimbabwe opposition party, and then Dr. Simba Makoni, Zimbabwe African People’s Union (Zapu), Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, and Movement for Democratic Change Alliance as well as United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe but we felt that together with Zanu PF that indeed there is no problem meeting with these structuresand therefore we are going to make arrangements towards coming back and meet with these organizations.”
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa recently sent special envoys to Zimbabwe – Baleka Mbete, Dr. Sydney Mufamadi and Ngoako Ramatlodi – who returned home after engaging only President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Prince Dubeko Sibanda of the MDC Alliance said it was not surprising that the ANC delegation only met with Zanu PF officials.
“This means that we are on our own as South Africa can’t help us in resolving our problems. The delegation should go back tell President Ramaphosa that they only held meetings with Zanu PF officials. We are not surprised by what they did.”
But Zanu PF’s Believe Gaule praised the ANC delegation for discussing various issues with only the ruling party.
“Some of the people who are wailing today are sellouts. They spend most of their time lying to the South Africans about the situation in Zimbabwe. This includes members of G40 (Generation 40) who failed dismally to have their own person in Zanu PF to be the president of Zimbabwe.
“They are running around with MDC factions in an effort to cause havoc in the country. So, the ANC delegation did well for not holding any meetings with these sellouts.”
Political activist, Nokuthula Adonsi, hit back, saying, “I strongly believe that sellouts are people like you (Gaule). You have completely destroyed Zimbabwe.”
Indications are that the ANC delegation discussed the political situation in the country, Zimbabweans flocking to South Africa and related issues.
MDC Alliance President Nelson Chamisa has repeatedly made appeals for South Africa to urgently intervene and resolve Zimbabwe’s economic and political crisis saying failure to deal with the issue will engulf the whole SADC region.
Speaking to SABC TV in January this year, Chamisa said a ‘sick Zimbabwe’ can spread the crisis across the region and cause chaos in the Southern African region.
“A Zimbabwe that is burning is going to set ablaze the entire region. It’s not just South Africa, it’s also Botswana, it’s Mozambique and Zambia,” Chamisa said.
“So it’s important to cure the sickness of Zimbabwe because a sick Zimbabwe is definitely going to spread the virus for the entire region and indeed for the continent and this is why we are pinning our hopes on South Africa’s leadership in the AU.
“We are also pinning our hopes on South Africa’s prominent role within SADC to make sure that we have African solutions to African problems and Zimbabwe is resolved ultimately.”
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki was in Zimbabwe in December last year where he met President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Chamisa and other political actors.
According Chamisa, Mbeki’s visit was to broker an end to Zimbabwe’s worsening economic crisis.
“He (Mbeki) did assist in a way because he is trying to attack the root of the problem. I have said that the problem is the governance crisis, a legitimacy crisis and what is important in our own view is that we have seen President Mbeki coming in the context of the help that he wants to give for us to have a political dialogue.”
However, Mbeki has not returned to broker any dialogue as Chamisa hoped. – Zimbabwe Voice and VoA