Africa: South Africa, SADC, AU Tainted To Mediate Zimbabwe Crisis – Jonathan Moyo

Exiled former cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo says the African Union (AU), SADC and South Africa have no moral authority to mediate in Zimbabwe’s worsening political and economic crises as they are part of the problem, having endorsed the country’s November 2017 military coup that deposed long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe.

The AU, SADC, and South Africa have issued statements raising concerns over the abuse of human rights, which have seen ordinary citizens, politicians, lawyers, and journalists being arrested, assaulted, killed or abducted by suspected security agents.

South Africa’s ruling ANC has also added its voice against the ongoing repression in Zimbabwe and said there was need to assist its sister party in Zimbabwe, Zanu PF.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa early this month dispatched special envoys on a fact-finding mission to Harare to understand the nature of challenges faced by the neighbour. They met President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the envoys are expected back in Zimbabwe some time later.

The Zimbabwe government has, however, responded with anger to the call for mediation in Zimbabwe insisting there was no crisis in the country that could warrant external intervention.

However, Moyo said the intervention processes by the AU, SADC and South Africa were pointless as the three were also part of the mounting problems that Zimbabwe faced.

“The fact that South Africa, SADC, and the AU embraced the November 2017 military coup in Zimbabwe, means that they are part of the problem and are thus interested parties who cannot broker, as neutrals, the demilitarisation of the state and the restoration of constitutionalism in the country,” he said.