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South Africa tells Zimbaweans to solve their own problems

Posted by African Press International on March 14, 2007

Pretoria (South Africa) Zimbabwe’s problems should be solved by the people of that country, the South African foreign affairs department said Tuesday, in reaction to allegations that South Africa has not done much about the current crisis in Zimbabwe, APA has learnt.

“We have constantly maintained that the solutions to the problems of Zimbabwe will be resolved by the people of Zimbabwe…,” spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said.

Mamoepa was speaking two days after it was reported that police had arrested and assaulted Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, who was among a number of people who held a protest prayer meeting in Harare on Sunday.

One protester was shot dead by police and scores of others were arrested. Mamoepa said the department had noted the current development and was monitoring the situation very closely.

“Whatever matters of mutual concern exist, the government will raise this through existing bilateral mutual mechanisms that exist between South Africa and Zimbabwe,” Mamoepa said.

The South African government has been criticised for its “quiet diplomacy” towards Zimbabwe under the repressive rule of President Robert Mugabe.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Tuesday condemned in the “strongest possible terms” the violence in Zimbabwe and South Africa’s response to it. Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said the South African government’s response was “shamefully weak.”

“Such a response is disgraceful, in the face of such massive attacks on democracy and human rights, especially coming from those who owed so much to international solidarity when South Africans were fighting for democracy and human rights against the apartheid regime,” Craven said.

Cosatu has called on all South Africans to join them and show their solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe.


Published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn,, tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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