The ruling ZANU PF is reportedly divided over South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s efforts to intervene in the Zimbabwean crisis, with moderates welcoming the move while hardliners will have none of it.
The hardliners, led by presidential spokesperson George Charamba on Tuesday claimed that South Africa was too young a democracy to intervene in Zimbabwe’s internal affairs.
Writing on Twitter, Charamba lampooned South Africa, saying the country had no capacity to help any SADC country, except simply offering solidarity messages.
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However, ZANU PF secretary for administration Obert Mpofu said the party welcomes the African National Congress (ANC) delegation, and that it will be free to meet “whoever they want” in Zimbabwe. He said:
We are always collaborating with the ANC on a regular basis and this is really not a new development as indicated by yourselves. We are colleagues so there is nothing new to this kind of collaboration.
On this particular one we have been communicating with the ANC on this and engagement to address issues as we have done before with them, so we are ready for this meeting which is sanctioned by our principals.
On Monday, Ramaphosa announced that he would soon dispatch his special envoys back to Harare to meet all key stakeholders, including the opposition, civic society and the church to resolve the deep-rooted crisis before it engulfs the entire region.
Ramaphosa said the latest diplomatic push would get underway within days, with ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule – who recently issued pointed criticism of Mnangagwa’s regime – leading the delegation.