There was an unusually high-security presence at Beitbridge Border Post on Wednesday after the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), local pressure group #Tajamuka/Sesijikile and Children of the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association made know their plans to demonstrate.
The protests were aimed at expressing solidarity with the harassed ZCTU leaders and displeasure with the way the government of Zimbabwe handled nationwide protests in January after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a sharp fuel price hike.
The government responded to the protests by deploying security forces who allegedly moved into the high-density suburbs where they beat up civilians and raped women.
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However, #Tajamuka/Sesijikile did not take part in the protests. COSATU demonstrated on the South African side but was not allowed to block the main highway linking South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa a politician and the First Secretary of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. On the 3rd of August 2018 ZEC Chairperson Priscilla Chigumba announced that Mnangagwa had won the popular vote by 50.8% ,hence he was duly elected to be the president... Read More About Emmerson Mnangagwa
The Tajamuka/Sesijikile Campaign is a political activist group in Zimbabwe. Their stated objective is to "address problems affecting the youth in Zimbabwe." Its most prominent leader is Promise Mkwananzi. The group gained prominence around 2016 when there were several protests in Harare against the introduction... Read More About Tajamuka
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