Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

SADC intervenes as Zimbabwe crisis rages on

SADC intervenes as Zimbabwe crisis rages on

In its latest Tourism and Migration Survey released in August 2017, Stats SA recorded that nearly 31% of people who had passed through South African ports of entry in August were Zimbabweans.

Zimbabweans woke up on Friday morning, hopeful that the change they had been anticipating this week would have been realised following a meeting between President Robert Mugabe, the South Africa Development Community (SADC) and other officials on Thursday night.

Still seen by many Africans as a liberation hero, Mr. Mugabe is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power pauperised one of Africa's most promising states.

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The South African delegation is in Harare to help find a solution to the country's political crisis. She said she was yet to be contacted by the military or Mr Mnangagwa's people.

Mnangagwa was sacked by Mugabe last week. I am deeply saddened about the situation that is happening back home because I fear for the safety of my family.

Commenting on the SADC resolution that it was against the unconstitutional removal of democratically elected governments, People's Democratic Party (PDP) national spokesperson Jacob Mafume said SADC must seize this opportunity to push for an orderly transition.

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The party said it rejects calls to offer Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe political asylum in South Africa. "It is important that we developed policy responses that do not victimize foreigners or turn South Africans against Zimbabweans".

He said the South Africa was "eating its own poison" because it was through South African intervention that Zimbabwean elections were rigged in both 2002 and 2008.

Fuelling speculation that this plan might be rolling into action, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, 65, who has been receiving cancer treatment in Britain and South Africa, returned to Harare late on Wednesday, his spokesman said.

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