Zimbabwe’s former cabinet ministers (alleged to have been part of the G40 faction) living in exile in South Africa’s political ambitions are now hanging by a thread after the South African government gazetted tough new regulations which among other things, ban refugees and asylum seekers from engaging in political activities.
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi gazetted the new regulations under the Refugees Act, which took effect from January 1, 2020. The regulations stipulate that:
… no refugee or asylum seeker may participate in any political activity or campaign in furtherance of any political party or political interests in the Republic.
The late former President Robert Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwawo recently applied to join South Africa’s opposition party, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
Meanwhile, other former cabinet ministers who are fugitives from justice, Walter Mzembi and Saviour Kasukuwere have also launched political formations from South Africa.