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By Mutsa Makuvaza
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe prays that peace and stability will be restored in South Africa where violent protests and looting hve been ongoing, adding that his Government trusts that the crisis is still within levels that South Africa is capable of handling.
The jailing last week of former President Jacob Zuma on contempt of court charges has sparked wildcat protests in his home province of KwaZulu Natal which then spread to other areas.
Roads, including those that link South Africa to Zimbabwe are currently blocked while truckers are being targeted by the protesters.
Speaking at the Zanu-PF Politburo meeting in Harare yesterday, Mnangagwa wished South African authorities well in handling the skirmishes which have so far left 100 people dead.
“We wish the current challenges facing our brothers and sisters in that country be soon resolved,” Mnangagwa said.
Addressing the media after the Politburo meeting, Zanu-PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said Simon Khaya Moyo said Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Frederick Shava briefed the Politburo on the situation in South Africa.
Moyo said Politburo was of the position that the situation in South Africa is still within the capacity of “our fraternal friends, the African National Congress party and its government, to resolve”.
“We are hopeful that our fraternal friends, the African National Congress party and its government will quell the chaos which has been reported in various media platforms.
“We are confident that our colleagues in South Africa will overcome this challenge,” said Khaya Moyo.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has already deployed the military after the country’s police had been overwhelmed by the violent demonstrators who have burnt and looted shops.
Khaya Moyo added that Zanu-PF also wanted peace and stability to be restored in Eswatini where rioting has been ongoing for two weeks.
“Since the matter is under SADC currently, Zanu PF calls for calm and peace in Eswatini and encourages dialogue as a means to find a way forward,” Khaya Moyo said. – Zimbabwe Voice ■