South Africa hopes for amicable so­lu­tion to cri­sis

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OP­PO­SI­TION po­lit­i­cal par­ties dif­fer in their views on whether a coup in Zimbabwe would have an im­pact on South Africa.

The IFP’s Narend Singh said al­though Zimbabwe was a sov­er­eign state that must deal with its own gov­er­nance is­sues, South Africa would be di­rectly af­fected by un­rest or in­sta­bil­ity there.

“Cur­rently we have mil­lions of Zim­bab­weans who have sought asy­lum in South Africa. Th­ese num­bers could in­crease dra­mat­i­cally,” he said.

Singh ap­pealed for calm in Zimbabwe and urged lead­ers and the army to reach an amicable so­lu­tion that would bring so­cial and eco­nomic sta­bil­ity.

“South Africa should ful­fil its diplo­matic role fairly and in the in­ter­ests of all in sub-Sa­ha­ran Af- rica,” Singh added.

How­ever, United Demo­cratic Move­ment leader Bantu Holomisa be­lieves that South Africa would suf­fer min­i­mal im­pact should a coup d’état take place.

Speak­ing to In­de­pen­dent Me­dia this morn­ing, Holomisa said that for eco­nomic and other rea­sons, Zim­bab­weans have been “flood­ing South Africa for a long time”.

Com­ment­ing on cur­rent events in Zimbabwe, he said that it seemed as if in­tra-Zanu-PF is­sues had led to the in­volve­ment of sol­diers and the en­tire coun­try be­ing af­fected. He said that the fo­cus had shifted from is­sues fac­ing the coun­try to party pol­i­tics.

“The sol­diers didn’t take it lightly when the Deputy Pres­i­dent (Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa) was re­moved and it seems that those who have been de­tained are cam­paign­ers for Grace Mu­gabe,” Holomisa said.

The De­part­ment of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co-op­er­a­tion said it would not get in­volved in party pol­i­tics in Zimbabwe.

Spokesper­son Clayson Monyela said they were in con­tact with the Zim­bab­wean gov­ern­ment, but “noth­ing has changed as far as we know and the sta­tus quo re­mains”.

Eye

Monyela said the de­part­ment and South African gov­ern­ment were keep­ing a watch­ful eye over Zimbabwe for now.

Monyela said he had “not heard any­thing” when asked about ru­mours that for­mer pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki was on his way to Zimbabwe to me­di­ate.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane tweeted last night that the in­sta­bil­ity in Zimbabwe was the out­come of not ad­her­ing to the elec­toral re­sults in 2008, form­ing the gov­ern­ment of na­tional unity.

“Mu­gabe must go, he has turned dic­ta­tor against his peo­ple. We must al­ways en­sure demo­cratic out­comes are up­held so we en­ter a Post Lib­er­a­tion Move­ment era,” Maimane’s tweet con­tin­ued.

EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted that he liked Mu­gabe for his con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the African rev­o­lu­tion, but his over­stay was de­stroy­ing his legacy.

“A good leader should have pro­duced 2nd and 3rd layer lead­er­ship to con­tinue the good fight against im­pe­ri­al­ism.

“Zim­bab­weans should re­move him & re­claim their coun­try,” Malema tweeted.

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