ANC’s International Relations Committee Chairperson, Lindiwe Zulu says its time, to be frank about the unrest in Zimbabwe.
South Africa’s neighbour, is accused of violating human rights and harassing activists, including journalists who have exposed corruption.
In previous years the governing party had been reluctant to acknowledge the crisis in the country preferring the quiet diplomacy approach, but Zulu admitted there is a problem.
“In the ANC’s view, yes, there is a political crisis in Zimbabwe, and we have to be frank and honest about it.
“If we are to help the situation, then we have to be frank and honest about because we are asking the question, where is the dignity in all the Zimbabweans who are here?” said Zulu.
She speaks at the backdrop of widespread reports of kidnapping and torture of government critics including journalists, human rights defenders and members of the opposition.
This comes as a huge blow to Mnangagwa who has been denying reports that there is a crisis in Zimbabwe.
“To set the record straight, there is no crisis or implosion in Zimbabwe. Neither has there been any abduction or ‘war’ on citizens. Like any other country in the world, Zimbabwe has been enforcing Covid-19 regulations intended to safeguard and protect the lives of all citizens. Where necessary, the law has been fairly applied,” says the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangwana.
Zulu also paid tribute to the veteran broadcaster, Bob Mabena, who died on Monday after going into cardiac arrest.
She says she enjoyed his content.