A delegation from South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) arrived in Harare on Tuesday night for a scheduled meeting with the ZANU PF Central Committee this Wednesday.
The ANC delegation was welcomed at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport by a team led by Defence Minister and ZANU PF national chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said they will hold closed-door meetings with their Zanu PF counterparts led by the secretary for administration, Obert Mpofu today. He said:
We are going to have a meeting with Zanu PF to discuss various issues.
The ANC delegation is made up of Magashule, party national chairman Samson Gwede Mantashe, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (a member of the NEC and Minister of Defence and Military Veterans), Tony Yengeni (member of the NEC and National Working Committee (NWC), and chairperson of the NEC on Peace and Stability), Lindiwe Zulu (member of the NEC, chairperson of the NEC on International Relations and Minister of Social Development) and Enoch Godongwana (member of NEC and chairperson of the NEC on Economic Transformation.
The ZANU PF acting spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa on Tuesday said that the ANC delegation would only meet with the ruling party.
Meanwhile, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa last week said the ANC officials would engage Zimbabwe’s political rivals with the intention to develop a fuller understanding of the situation in Zimbabwe and to determine how the government and ANC can assist.
Ramaphosa added that the ANC delegation must speak to all parties and stakeholders as well.
The South African delegation will leave Zimbabwe on Thursday.