In an interview with CITE from his base in Johannesburg, Chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), Dr Vusumuzi Sibanda said the Congress of South African Trade (COSATU) is in support of a planned march by Zimbabweans living in South Africa.
The march against the Zanu PF led government is scheduled for February 1 in Pretoria. Sibanda said a lot of meetings had taken place in South Africa since the protests started, as Zimbabweans in the diaspora were worried about the escalating violence. Said Sibanda:
The bulk of meetings and the marches that have taken place in South Africa were apparently organised by ordinary people with no affiliation to any political party or grouping. A lot of meetings are actually taking place and I’m attending most. We are basically discussing mass action that will be supported by COSATU around February 1 to stand with people of Zimbabwe. Brothers and sisters in the diaspora are very unhappy about the situation in Zimbabwe and want action and see this government moved. The march coming on February 1 has now received more attention as a lot of civic society organisations and COSATU have come in and the meetings would be at COSATU house.