South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) maintains its stance in saying Zimbabwe is in a crisis, a statement out of Zanu PF’s favour and has vowed to keep the crisis on the table despite a vigorous campaign by Zimbabwe’s revolutionary party to disregard the claims.
The South African emissaries were expected to report back to President Cyril Rhamaphosasometime yesterday on the findings from their last week visit.
Lindiwe Zulu, the head of the ANC’s international relations committee said they were determined to follow through the resolutions reached in their engagements with Zanu PF last week, including returning for a meeting with opposition groups in Zimbabwe.
“We have resolutions that were communicated,” she said “We are very serious about what we are doing.”
Meanwhile, in Zimbabwe, Zanu PF on Friday hurled an unparalleled attack against ANC and the South African government after envoys dispatched by the fellow liberation movement pushed for talks with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s opponents.
The ANC dispatched a six-member delegation to Harare to meet Zanu PF over the crisis characterised by an alleged rancorous clampdown against critics and an economic decay.
Zanu PF went mad following the ANC’s disclosure of their deliberations that included the need for the South Africans to meet opposition parties such as MDC Alliance and civic society to get an appreciation of the problems bedeviling the country.
Patrick Chinamasa, the Zanu PF acting spokesperson, said the South African government was controlled by white people, hence the ANC decision to disclose what they discussed.
Zulu said a meeting with Ramaphosa would pave the way forward.
“We are doing this to help our people and we should focus on the way forward,” she added.
President Mnangagwa on Saturday told a Zanu PF Midlands provincial meeting that the envoys sent by Ramaphosa was not obliged to meet the opposition and civic society.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa never sent envoys to investigate Zimbabwe,” the president said in Gweru.
“The envoys carried a message from my friend Ramaphosa to me.
“They were never sent to meet civil society and other political parties.”
Meanwhile, it emerged that the meeting between Zanu PF and the ANC last Wednesday was highly charged.
Zanu PF secretary for administration Obert Mpofu was reportedly forced to apologise for attacks made by Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba against South African journalist Sophie Mokoena after the ANC delegation raised the issue.
Mnangagwa’s spokesperson has also been criticising the ANC’s efforts to mediate in the Zimbabwean political crisis.