The South African Government’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has revealed that it has reached out to Zimbabwe after reports of human right violations in Zimbabwe broke the internet these past few days.
Using the microblogging site Twitter, DIRCO said they were ready to assist Zimbabwe if the need arise and reiterated South Africa’s commitment to peace and stability in the region in a phone conversation Naledi Pandor had with her counterpart Zimbabwe’s foreign Minister SB Moyo:
The Government of the Republic of South Africa has noted with concern the reports related to human rights violations in the Republic of #Zimbabwe.
The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Naledi Pandor is in contact with her Zimbabwean counterpart, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Mr. Sibusiso Moyo.
As recent as on Tuesday, the two Ministers had a telephonic conversation, wherein Minister Pandor expressed South Africa’s readiness to assist if requested. Minister Pandor, reiterated South Africa’s commitment to peace and stability in the region and the African Continent.
She stated that it remains South Africa’s resolve to continue the pursuit for consultative solutions to address the existing socio-economic challenges and to contribute to the wellbeing of all Zimbabweans, the people of the SADC Region and Africans at large.
Former DA leader Mmusi Maimane had written to Dr Naledi Pandor requesting that South Africa gets an explanation for the reports from the Zimbabwean government.
The South Africa Government even tweeted the trending hashtag about Zimbabwe the #ZimbabweanLivesMatter
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) August 6, 2020