Zanu PF warns SA over xenophobia

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ZANU PF has warned South Africa that the current xenophobic attacks rocking the neighbouring country were a serious security threat to the region as they undermined unity and peace efforts by Southern African leaders.

BY MOSES MATENGA/SILENCE CHARUMBIRA

This came amid growing calls for the South African government to act decisively in the spirit of African solidarity or risk being alienated from the regional groupings, Sadc and African Union (AU) for being complicit in the killings of foreigners, most of them economic and political refugees.

President Robert Mugabe chairs both Sadc and the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

Millions of foreigners were in danger with at least nine, among them two Zimbabweans, having been killed in the attacks in the neighbouring country in the last few days.

Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said the xenophobic attacks should be stopped forthwith.

“This barbarism must stop immediately otherwise our clarion call for unity in Sadc and the continent as a whole will be hollow,” Khaya Moyo said.

He said among deals signed by Zimbabwe and South Africa during Mugabe’s State visit to South Africa last week, none was signed to promote xenophobia.

“Zanu PF is alarmed by the xenophobic violence perpetrated on foreign nationals including hundreds of Zimbabweans living in South Africa,” Khaya Moyo, a former ambassador to South Africa, said.

Political analyst Charles Mangongera said South Africa must be taken to task by regional bodies if there was evidence of failure to address the xenophobic attacks.

“If there is evidence that South Africa’s response isn’t enough, it has to be held accountable and this matter should be raised in Sadc and AU. At the moment, the feeling is the government is not responding adequately. This has to be stopped,” Mangongera said.

“The problem is Mugabe is reluctant to do things that will upset the SA government. South Africa has been protecting the Mugabe regime, from the United Nations discussions, the Global Political Agreement and other areas. There was a recent visit also where Mugabe and his team were in South Africa for assistance and that explains why Mugabe is reluctant to say anything that may displease Pretoria. I also think that is why a planned demonstration at the South African embassy was stopped.”

He said what South Africans were doing was against the spirit of ubuntu and they should appreciate that they were beneficiaries of African solidarity that helped them acquire independence from the racist apartheid regime.

Hundreds of Harare residents from across the political and social divides mobilised to demonstrate at the South African embassy in the capital yesterday, but the protests were cancelled by police who claimed they were busy preparing for the Independence Day celebrations.

Mugabe has been silent since the attacks that brewed while he was in South Africa two weeks ago.

Civil society organisations have organised a peaceful protest at the South African embassy in Harare today from 10am-12 noon to protest against the xenophobia attacks.

Bitter messages were also coming from the Sadc region with groups in Malawi and Zimbabwe organising a Black Friday to boycott and reject all South African products in the respective countries.

National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said they had not given clearance for any march.

11 COMMENTS

  1. while we welcome the calls for peace, zanupf must also be reminded of its barbaric acts at home against its very own citizens including the disappearance of Itai Dzamara

    • Thank you Eddy wanted to say the same thing. I don’t know if ZanuPf can define what xenophobia is, because they did it in Zimbabwe and where is Itai. Khya does not see a log in his eye but what to see a speck in RSA.

  2. Can i suggest that as Zimbabweans avoid (fast) our usual independence eating of mombes and hukus to show our anger. Anything that shows that these “more than Boko Haram” are doing

  3. Its fair for Zim not to comment, the leaders in Zim were the first to implement Xenophobia and legalize it. Even off-springs of those who had their great grandparents born in Zim have alien on the ID’s to make sure they are not part of the wider society. I am not sure how blind SADC and AU are to think SA is worse than Zim but I like Mangongera’s spirit, he should as well raise to those organisations the murders committed in Zim including the disappearance of reporters, I will support him and see how far we go, justice has to be served for all.

    • Those immigrants in SA are not citizens so why was it ok for Zimbabwe born whites to be told to return to England and America during land invasions?? How two-faced zanu are.

  4. RGMugabe declares in Soweto that he doesnt like to see a white face. The next thing blacks dont want see a black foreigner’s face. Where,s the differrence? The president is no different to King Zwleithini, he tells foreigners in this case whites to leave. Chairman of AU who issues irresponsible statements

  5. Well said Pafunge. Hate is hate. Its no more justified to blacks as to whites. Our leaders should be more responsible with their words. I wonder what King Goodwill Zwlithini is now saying. I suppose “‘ I was misquoted”, as they all say.

  6. How can RSA protect foreigners when they cannot control their own citizens striking over poor service delivery? RSA is a violent society, full stop, ask those who used to go to Wenela in the 70s? So if you know you better arm yourself as no help will come from the police?

  7. zimbabwe has no say over this coz we did it here and we told everyone to go to hell
    remember cases of gukurahundi, hondo yeminda and june 27 2008.? how can we ask others not to do what we do ourselves? next thing our prezsident will be told to “keep his zimbabwe” by zuma. we cannot complain coz our politics made us beggars who cannot be choosers. go to any country in the world and you will meet a zimbabwean. why? coz the life at home is controlled by a few rich and ruthless poloticians. pray God help us. zimbabwe has all the resources but who are they benefiting?

  8. we has no say over this coz we did it here and we told everyone to go to hell
    remember cases of gukurahundi, hondo yeminda and june 27 2008.? how can we ask others not to do what we do ourselves? next thing our prezsident will be told to “keep his zimbabwe” by zuma. we cannot complain coz our politics made us beggars who cannot be choosers. go to any country in the world and you will meet a zimbabwean. why? coz the life at home is controlled by a few rich and ruthless poloticians. pray God help us. zimbabwe has all the resources but who are they benefiting? just a few bigwigs!!!

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