South Africa’s Social Development Minister and ANC head of International Relations Lindiwe Zulu says there is indeed a political crisis in Zimbabwe that has to be dealt with to restore Zimbabwean citizens’ dignity.
Speaking during an interview with eNCA television, Zulu said the ANC should be frank with Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU PF party without necessarily breaking off relations between the two countries.
Zulu said Zimbabwean people have lost their dignity as most of them who are highly educated are being forced to do menial jobs in South Africa and having to cross the border into neighbouring countries illegally. She said:
In the ANC’s point of view indeed there is a political crisis in Zimbabwe and we have to be frank about it.
If we are to help the situation we have to be frank and honest about it because we are helping ourselves to answer the question: where is the dignity of all the Zimbabweans who are here, where is the dignity of the young women that I see washing cars, running around, some of whom are either teachers?
… where is the dignity in people being chased back at the border when crossing the border illegally?
These are some of the things we have to be very frank about without necessarily breaking relations because we are neighbours but we have to help each other to make sure that Zimbabwe is what Zimbabweans want it to be.
On Monday South African President Cyril Ramphosa sent three envoys to Harare where they met President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House on their mission to ascertain what is happening in Zimbabwe.
However, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary Nick Mangwana insisted that there is no crisis in Zimbabwe and the delegation left without meeting opposition parties.