The Democratic Alliance (DA) party has called on the ANC government to resolve Zimbabwe’s unrest.
The party said it’s not alright for South Africa to remain silent and look on while Zimbabwe’s unrest escalates.
“The ANC government’s silence on the civil unrest ensuing in Zimbabwe cannot be ignored. President Jacob Zuma and his DIRCO (Department of International Relations and Cooperation) Minister cannot remain silent if we are to do our part to mitigate the escalating unrest in our neighboring country.
“…The situation in Zimbabwe appears to be the result of a shortage of resources – food and cash – as well as dissatisfaction with the administration of President Robert Mugabe.
We call on President Zuma – as a leader in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. And the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, to break their silence and condemn the atrocities being carried out in Zimbabwe,” DA charged.
According to the party, “quite diplomacy” cannot be allowed because it has the potential to allow for human rights violations to persist.
“President Zuma must give effect to South Africa’s human rights-based foreign policy. (In order to) ensure that no more human rights abuses occur on our watch.
Our government’s silence in this regard will make us complicit in the escalation of the use of force against civilians.”
DA said South Africa’s recent track record on human rights on the international stage is unpleasant.
The party also called on SA government to avoid stirring unrest in South Africa.
“The situation in Zimbabwe should serve as a wake-up call for the South African Government. Without sound economic policies and a caring government the people will suffer and their dissatisfaction will only be silenced for so long.
Zimbabwe helped South Africa in its fight for freedom and democracy. We have a duty to ensure that Zimbabwe finds legitimate freedom and democracy,” DA added.
Zimbabwea’s unrest started with a surge of protests. Earlier this week, Police in Harare fired tear gas and warning shots while minibus drivers were protesting alleged police harassment.