ANC accused of taking sides in Zimbabwe crisis

 By Enrico Maduba-Mnoko
PRETORIA: A spokesperson for the Zimbabwe’s main opposition party led by Nelson Chamisa, Innocent Nsingo, has accused some members of the Ruling South African National Council (ANC) of taking sides in the Zimbabwe’s crisis.
Mr Nsingo, who is in charge of the SA region, made this accusation after members the South African police service (SAPS) used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse people, who included mainly South Africa-based Zimbabweans, who were demonstrating outside the Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria.
The demonstration,    was organized by a South African pressure group, #Notinmyname.
“What happened Friday at the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria, is so sad and frustrating and this has shown us the other side of the ruling ANC.
“This shows that there are some members of the ANC who support the oppression being perpetrated on innocent Zimbabweans by the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa,” said Nsingo.
However, Nsingo said Zimbabweans will continue to higlight their plight,  through demonstrations and will continue to campaign for their freedom from Zanu PF-led government. 
Approximately 200 people who included members of several political parties and civic societies, attended Friday’s demonstration which lasted for approximately an hour before SAPS ordered all demonstrators to disperse without them handing over their petition to the Embassy.
Though the demonstration was sanctioned, a senior police officer told the demonstrators that it was against the government’s regulation which prohibits more than 50 people to gather. He said this was to stop the spread of the deadly covid-19.
Nsingo’s accusation comes a week after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, named two envoys to mediate in the Zimbabwean crisis.
The two envoys, former deputy President Baleka Mbete and Minister of State and Security Sydney Mufamadi, are expected to leave for Zimbabwe soon, where they are expected to meet the grieving parties in order to find a lasting solution to the crisis, which has been existing since the time of the former late president, Robert Mugabe, who was removed in a coup in November 2017.
However, the appointment of the two envoys, has been received with mixed feelings by most Zimbabweans and political analysts.
Justice Malala, a political commentator said, “In April 2007 Mufamadi was sent by Mbeki to Harare for talks with Mugabe. Mufamadi shunned opposition leaders. And in May 2007 Mbeki and Mufamadi insisted opposition leaders recognize Mugabe as leader before talks could start. He has no credibility. This is a whitewash”

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