South African political analysts have warned Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane not to undermine Zimbabwe’s sovereignty by interfering in the affairs of the country. In an interview with IOL News, Levy Ndou said:
The move by the DA is part of the political game. What they need to note seriously are the parameters of diplomacy and foreign policy. The responsibility of foreign policy lies with the presidency and Dirco.
Another point will be that Zimbabwe is a sovereign state, and because of that, you don’t just intervene. When you do so, you are undermining the existence of that state.
The situation in Zimbabwe, bad as it is, has a serious negative effect on South Africa.
These are the same Zimbabweans who will run, cross over to South Africa legally or illegally.
It will require South Africa, whether it is through SADC or the AU, to do something.
Maimane has castigated the government of Zimbabwe for unleashing the armry on protestors resulting in the death of at least twelve civilians. There are reports of women being raped as armed soldiers move form house to house at night looking for alleged protestors.