President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the lifting of tough economic sanctions against Zimbabwe, saying their imposition was “unfair and unjustified”.
On Tuesday, the South African leader voiced the statement at the opening of the third session of the Bi-National Commission between SA and Zimbabwe in Harare, adding that the neighbouring country needed any support possible in order to emerge from the economic meltdown.
“SA has made a clarion call to the international community to lift the unfair and unjustified sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe. We made this position clear at the World Economic Forum in Davos and recently at the European Union. We are pleased that the EU has lifted sanctions on some members of your government. We want more than just that, we want to see real support for Zimbabwe,” Ramaphosa said.
The United States extended their sanctions against Harare by one year on Monday, claiming that the new government’s policies continue to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to US foreign policy. These include restrictive measures against 84 people, including president Mnangagwa and 56 entities.