Zanu-PF thanks ANC for demanding the removal of sanctions imposed on Zim

Johannesburg – Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF has thanked its South African counterpart, the African National Congress (ANC) for the “bold standing in calling for unconditional removal of sanctions” imposed on that country by “Britain and her Western allies”.

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Although the West insists the sanctions are targeted at Zanu-PF leaders accused of rights abuses, the Zimbabwe ruling party says it is still being punished because of the land reform in which thousands of white farmers were kicked off the land.

The European Union and the United States imposed sanctions against Zimbabwe in 2000 after they accused deposed president Robert Mugabe of trampling on human rights, rigging elections and repression of press freedom.

On Thursday, Zanu PF said leaders of the ANC this week visited the capital Harare.

The delegations were led by Zanu-PF secretary of administration, Dr Obert Mpofu, and ANC secretary-general, Elias Magashule.

In a statement, the party said following the “bilateral meeting” held at the Zanu-PF headquarters, on Tuesday, 29 January 2019, the ANC and Zanu-PF resolved to “strengthen the already existing historical relations”.

The Zimbabwe ruling party said, “the parties acknowledge that the major challenges confronting Zimbabwe are a result of the illegal sanctions imposed by Britain and her Western allies over the bilateral dispute between Zimbabwe and the former over the land reform programme.

“The parties further call upon SADC and the African Union to advocate for the removal of the sanctions.”

The statement further added that: “The parties acknowledge the peaceful and credible manner in which the July 30, 2018, harmonised elections were conducted and the subsequent deserving endorsement of the election results by the regional and international observer groups including the landmark ruling by the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe, hence there is no legitimacy issue surrounding the presidency.”

Seventy-six-year-old Emmerson Mnangagwa, who came to power through a military takeover, narrowly won disputed elections last year, which MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa, 40, insists were rigged.

With Zimbabwe’s economy in meltdown, the recent brutal crackdown on protesters by security forces have resulted in international condemnation.

South Africa’s Democratic Alliance this week announced it was taking the matter to the ICC in the Hague.

At least 12 people were killed in the crackdown and as many as 68 were treated for gunshot wounds.

More than 1 000 people were arrested in the aftermath of the protests sparked by astronomical hikes in the price of fuel. Zimbabwe now has the world’s most expensive fuel – at roughly R45 a litre for petrol.

However, Zanu-PF said at its meeting with the ANC, the parties resolved to “work closely together and come up with practical solutions to address the socio-economic and political challenges currently facing Zimbabwe”.

Since independence from Britain in 1980, the standard of living for Zimbabweans in urban areas has deteriorated with many areas no longer having access to clean tap water.

Unemployment is estimated at more than 90 percent of the population. Hospitals are short of drugs.

Those lucky enough to have jobs can not easily withdraw their earnings because banks are experiencing a crippling shortage of cash.

But the Zimbabwe ruling party said in its statement that together with the ANC they “are concerned with the proliferation of opposition political parties and civil society organisations which is aimed at destabilising and subsequently dislodge all former liberation movements from governing power”.

Stung by the prevalence of videos showing security forces abusing citizens during the crackdown, the Zimbabwe government shut down the internet and WhatsApp communications.

After the meeting with the ANC, Zanu-PF said: “The parties underscore the significance of social media in advancing their shared revolutionary objectives, principles, values, ideals, customs and practices hence the need for coming up with strategic tools for coordinated deployment on this very lethal war front”.

The ruling party said the challenges facing Zimbabwe have a direct, inextricable effect on regional sister countries. “Therefore all sister former liberation movements must work as a collective in support of the Zimbabwean cause.”

Zanu-PF said it extends profound gratitude and uttermost humility to Cyril Ramaphosa the ANC president and president of South Africa, “for his bold standing in calling for unconditional removal of sanctions on Zimbabwe.”

Ramaphosa made the call to remove sanctions imposed against Zimbabwe earlier this month at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

2 Comments

  1. janana madhogodhogo

    Talk of two devils wiping each other’s bottoms.ANC and ZANU PF leaders should get it in their thick skulls that sanctions were put as a way trying to make the zanu pf government stop killing its own people in cold blood for very stupid reasons that they belong to opposition parties.It was a way of trying to force the mafia government to stop human rights abuses such as abductions,torture and displacing people.They were telling them to observe the rule of law instead of applying the same law selectively.And what has the zanu pf govt done after that?They continue in their mafioso path with more zeal than ever unleashing armed soldiers on unarmed civilians causing unnecessary deaths of innocent citizens.Why doesnt ANC leaders ask their revolution counter parts why they continue to kill their own unarmed people with bullets?Are they so afraid of the mafia party that they cant ask them why they continue to habour corruption amongst the ruling elite so that the economy may be spared.Do they not have strong balls between their legs to tell the zanu pf regime let the courts put to trial those that have stolen state resources that should benefit the citizens?If they are not bold enough to tell zanu pf the truth then they also become an accomplice in all those that are dying in hospitals due to lack of medicines on account the economy continue to be raped by those they are supporting.Shame on these so called revolutionary parties.

  2. Stupid Zimbos, ANC knows kt minus Zimbos SA has 1 million Zimbos minus Sanction ose wl surely gt bek to Zim, en u, usina kana graft u busy advocating 4 sanctions, shai rekuda kuenda ku SA, don wrry very soon muchange makupiswa nema tyre u wl quickly be calling 4 eir removal

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