MDC vice chairperson Tendai Biti said that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders are dealing with the Zimbabwean crisis behind closed doors.
Biti’s comments come after the SADC chairperson Hage Geingob, who is also the Namibian President, called for the unconditional removal of all sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe. He also castigated local civic groups for working with outsiders to effect regime change in Zimbabwe.
While addressing business executives in Victoria Falls on Wednesday during the first session of a three-day Africa CEO Roundtable conference, Biti said:
I think that a lot of things are happening behind closed doors, that I can assure you, within Sadc. I think that you should not be misled by prima facie appearances of condonation by the leadership of Sadc.
You must also remember that SADC member states have been bearing a lot of weight arising from Zimbabwe’s failure. You have a situation where you have three million Zimbabweans in South Africa as we speak, to a larger extent that South Africa has been subsidising Zimbabwe as we speak.
I think that out of their own selfish interests, they (SADC leaders) will move (to act) on Zimbabwe because the crisis is putting a premium on their country.
… South Africa has been doddering on a 1% gross domestic product (GDP) growth and I think after solving the Zimbabwean situation, South Africa’s economy could grow to about 2 or 3% of its GDP.