South African opposition party, the Democratic Alliance’s leader Mmusi Maimane has hit back at President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The Minister for Information and Publicity Monica Mutsvangwa denounced what he called “questionable supremacist politics’ of the DA. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Maimane said:
The Democratic Alliance (DA) notes a letter by the Zimbabwean government addressed to DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, expressing its disappointment that the Party and the Southern African Partnership for Democratic Change (SAPDC), has taken such an “aggressive stance” towards the Zimbabwean government’s violence against citizens and protestors.
The Mnangagwa-administration expressed disapproval in our escalation of matters to the International Criminal Court and United Nations Human Rights Council.
The DA wishes to reaffirm once more that the unlawful actions of the Zimbabwean government against citizens merit immediate and strong action, not the quiet diplomacy President Ramaphosa has adopted.
The ANC’s silence on this matter does nothing but prolong the pain of Zimbabwean citizens and we cannot accept such poor regard for human rights.
The DA will continue to act on behalf of the people of Zimbabwe, in efforts to end their anguish. We will remain committed to ensuring peace and justice prevail in our neighbouring country. We will not be intimidated by ZANU-PF’s “disappointment.”
Maimane is expected to visit Zimbabwe in the near future where he will meet opposition leaders, Nelson Chamisa and Tendai Biti of the MDC Alliance.