South Africa’s governing party, ANC’s secretary-general Ace Magashule has described Zimbabwe as a “province” that needs peace and stability recognising it has just emerged from a contested election.
Speaking to South Africa media Thursday morning soon after returning from Zimbabwe where he and his delegation met some senior Zanu PF officials in Harare, Magashule described the meeting between the ANC and Zanu PF as “very candid, frank, robust, open.”
According to the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC), the meeting between the two former liberation movements was “with the intention to develop a fuller understanding of the situation in Zimbabwe and determine how the South African government and the ANC can assist.”
Sadly, Zanu PF strongly believes that there is no crisis in the country, blaming social media users for allegedly peddling falsehood. However, Magashule assured of having another meeting in the near future with opposition political parties and other stakeholders in Zimbabwe.
“They will arrange the meeting. The meeting is not arranged by Zanu PF. So, those other political parties, we are going to meet them so that we are able to bring together the people of Zimbabwe recognising that they are coming from recent elections and we need peace and stability in that province,” said Magashule.
“Give us two to three weeks because we have communicated with them and we have communicated as such to Zanu PF and there is no problem with that.
“Zanu didn’t have any problems for us to meet with other political parties and other stakeholders.”
Addressing the media earlier in Harare, Magashule said; “We have received some requests to meet other stakeholders from Zimbabwe like the opposition parties Simba Makoni (Mavambo/Kusile), Zapu, Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, MDC Alliance, as well as United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe (Brian Nichols).”
“But we felt that, together with Zanu PF, that indeed there is no problem meeting with the structures and, therefore, we are going to make arrangements to once more come back and meet with these organisations.
“We came here to engage and yes we have agreed that as ANC, we will come back and engage other stakeholders, political parties so that we understand and comprehend the challenges.
“We have recommitted ourselves to ensure that we give ourselves time to listen to the views of others.”
In an earlier communiqué, Cde Magashule said the meeting between the two parties was a bilateral engagement of former liberation movements requested by the national executive council (NEC) of the ANC to exchange notes on matters affecting the region.
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