Zimbabweans expressed anger at South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s claims that the country was on the path to democracy. This comes after 12 people were killed by suspected state security agents during nationwide protests last week over government’s failure to deal with chronic economic challenges facing the majority of the population.
Ramaphosa painted a glowing picture about Zimbabwe when he spoke at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Said Ramaphosa:
It is no longer necessary to have sanctions against Zimbabwe right now because they have embarked on democracy and a path of real recovery and we will help them best by lifting those sanctions.
However, United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean academic, Alex Magaisa said:
… Ramaphosa says Zimbabwe has emerged from a difficult situation when the reality is that the country is actually in a deep political crisis.
Political commentator and Harare lawyer, Fadzai Mahere said that Ramaphosa has insulted the people of Zimbabwe. She wrote:
It is insulting to the Zimbabwean people for African presidents to claim Zimbabwe is on the path to democracy, this within days of army killings of unarmed civilians.
If you won’t stand with the people, why not keep quiet? Is this the African way? What a shame. #ubuntu
MDC Midlands senator Lilian Timveos expressed shock at Ramaphosa’s claims. She wrote on Twitter:
Ramaphosa has just shocked me. Oh my God and he wants to be president again in SA (South Africa). Remove sanctions. Zimbabwe on the path to recovery, is this path to recovery? Africa. My heart bleeds.