AU Chairperson and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told South African media soon after his party’s National Executive Meeting Monday that his governing party had resolved to engage all stakeholders in Zimbabwe. MDC Alliance has welcomed renewed attempts to resolve the country’s crisis by South Africa’s ruling African National Congress.
Ramaphosa said his country “felt” the challenges being experienced by its troubled neighbor and was keen on seeing an end to the crisis. On Tuesday, MDC-Alliance secretary for international relations and cooperation Gladys Hlatywayo said these were signs that South Africa understood the implications of a neighbouring country that is turmoil.
Hlatywayo said ANC’s stance was also an endorsement of an earlier stance by Ramaphosa to send envoys to Zimbabwe to investigate the nature and depth of the Zimbabwean crisis. The MDC official also hailed South Africa’s governing authority for plans to engage all stakeholders in Zimbabwe other than Zanu-PF only.
“We certainly welcome this move and hope it will help us as Zimbabweans to move forward and resolve the crisis,” she said. Following Ramaphosa’s announcement, this means the ANC’s initiative will run in tandem with an earlier resolve by the South African government to remedy the Zimbabwean crisis.
Zimbabwe is in the throes of its worst economic crisis in 12 years. The crisis has been worsened by a brutal reaction to dissent by the government which accuses critics of attempts to overthrow the Emmerson Mnangagwa led administration.
Source : Bulawayo24