Alex Magaisa, the former Chief of Staff in the office of the late former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai has said South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa’s efforts to address the Zimbabwean governance and human rights crisis will be hamstrung by a number of challenges.
He speaks after Ramaphosa’s Special Envoys that had been sent to Zimbabwe at the backdrop of violation of human rights have returned without meeting the opposition and other stakeholders.
Magaisa notes that:
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- The ruling ZANU PF will disregard interventions by South Africa’s governing party ANC which it considers as its little brother having won independence first between the two countries.
- Zimbabwe has already spoken on the issues of sovereignty and non-interference when it said there is no crisis in the country which requires foreign intervention, therefore, it would be difficult to act otherwise.
- By pointing out human rights abuses in South Africa, ZANU PF is saying Ramaphosa’s country is not qualified to condemn whatever is happening in Zimbabwe since they have similar issues.
- ZANU PF has created a false narrative that portrays itself as the victim suffering for the land reform therefore any intervention must be to protect the party from Western aggression. He speaks after Zimbabwean authorities have said the crisis in the country is being exaggerated by enemies who want to dirt the image of the country.
The law lecturer recommends that:
- Ramaphosa acknowledges that the Harare is led by a military regime with a civilian facade.
- ZANU PF has transformed into a monster.
He noted that some are recommending the establishment of a National Transitional Authority since the President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led administration is surely not going to relinquish power.
Source: Alex Tawanda Magaisa BSR