The six-member African National Congress delegation which held a closed-door meeting with top ZANU PF officials on Wednesday has painted a gloomy picture of the situation in Zimbabwe, contradicting President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government that the situation in the country is normal.
The head of the ANC’s peace and stability committee, Toni Yengeni, who was one of the delegates, told journalists on landing at Waterkloof Airforce Base in Pretoria that the situation in Zimbabwe cannot be allowed to continue as it is. He said:
There are problems in Zimbabwe, major challenges both of social, economic and to some extent of a political nature.
Head of the delegation, ANC’s secretary-general Ace Magashule said though the situation in Zimbabwe cannot be characterised as a crisis, the country faces immense challenges. He said:
We have agreed that there were challenges in Zimbabwe that must be confronted. As liberation movements, we should respect human rights. We respect freedom of association and freedom of speech.
ANC’s international relations committee chairperson Lindiwe Zulu, who has been frank about the Zimbabwe situation over the years, said:
..we had to put all those issues on the table, issues of human rights and others… we went beyond that.
Unless we are frank with each other, it won’t help the situation. I can assure you, it was a meeting with a difference.
Meanwhile, Magashule to the SABC that they would fly back to Harare in a few weeks where they would meet with other stakeholders including civil society, opposition members and the church to get to the bottom of the crisis in Zimbabwe.