Leader of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), a South African opposition party, Bantu Holomisa (MP), has demanded that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) intervene in Zimbabwe to deal with the country’s crisis.
Holomisa joins Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Mmusi Maimane of the One South Africa movement, the other opposition figures who have already condemned the Zimbabwean regime’s excesses when dealing with peaceful protestors.
In a statement, Holomisa called on SADC to intervene and assist Zimbabweans to find a solution to the crisis that is intensifying in the country. He said:
Part of the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) common agenda is the consolidation and maintenance of democracy, peace and security in the region.
The protests, abductions of government critics and the prevailing rhetoric are exacerbating instability in Zimbabwe and its neighbouring countries continue to be affected as Zimbabweans keep on fleeing their country in search of safety and relief from their economic circumstances.
As matters stand, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls on SADC to intervene and assist Zimbabweans to find a solution to the crisis that is intensifying in their country.
In addition, we call on all political leaders in Zimbabwe, who have a responsibility to deescalate the tensions before matters go beyond finding a peaceable solution, to act in a sober manner.
There is also no place for intractable stances, and they must be willing to find solutions amongst them all and to act in the best interest of their country and her people.
There have also been continued reports of attacks on Zimbabweans, who have fled to neighbouring countries as tensions caused by the scarcity of resources in those countries escalate.
The UDM calls for tolerance amongst Africans, especially in these challenging times where we all face the Coronavirus pandemic.
Bantu Holomisa, MP UDM President