The ZANU PF acting spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa has warned South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) to against its “interventionist” behaviour and treating Zimbabwe like a South African province.
Chinamasa said South Africa is not “a big brother” to Zimbabwe and that it does not have any oversight role in the internal affairs of its northern neighbour.
Chinamasa made the remarks while speaking at a press conference held at the ZANU PF Headquarters in Harare on Friday. He said:
First, we agreed that Zimbabwe and South Africa are sovereign states. Zimbabwe is not a province of South Africa. In the context of international relations. South Africa is not a big brother to Zimbabwe.
It (South Africa) has no mediatory role to play in Zimbabwe or in any other country and Zimbabwe is not being a province of South Africa. It follows that there is no interventionist approach to the way that South Africa relates to us.
South Africa in the context of international relations is not a Big Brother of Zimbabwe, it has no overseer role to play on Zimbabwe and the region.
This comes after a high-powered ANC delegation led by party secretary-general, Ace Magashule was in Zimbabwe early this week to meet senior ZANU PF officials in Harare.
Soon after landing in South Africa, Magashule told that country’s media they expected peace and stability in Zimbabwe “province”.