The ANC said it noted with concern the political situation in both Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
In a statement on Thursday, the ANC said it understood that the recent increases in fuel prices, which led to violent protests in Zimbabwe last week, had a serious impact on the cost of living of ordinary Zimbabweans.
He added that he was also concerned about the recent events in the DRC regarding the disputed election results in the Central African country, “despite the decision of the country’s constitutional court, which confirmed the results”.
The elections, which were held with great delay, took place on December 30, but tensions followed, as the results were challenged, which led to protests and a curfew.
The ANC stated that it is working to achieve political stability and peace in both countries in accordance with the guidelines of the Southern African Development Community and the goals of the African Union.
“The ANC continues to work with all political parties in Zimbabwe and the DRC to encourage them to seek a peaceful settlement and political stability so that all efforts can be directed at socio-economic development and reconstruction,” the statement said.
The party warned that continued violence and instability in both countries could have negative consequences for the countries of the region.
“Therefore, we believe that it is in the interests of both countries and their neighbors, including South Africa, to explore all possibilities for ensuring stabilization of the situation in the DRC and Zimbabwe,” the statement said.
ANC remarks were made after EFF leader Julius Maleme warned Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa about the harsh power of the South African nation in fighting violent protest that swept the country.
Malema called on the South African government to help its northern neighbor deal with protracted economic problems.
However, Malema said that South Africa’s assistance to this country must be accompanied by harsh conditions of the rule of law and an end to police brutality.