SA anxious about Zim

HARARE - Although South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) is represented at Zanu PF's ongoing "elective" congress, it has been learnt that Pretoria continues to be very anxious about political developments in Zimbabwe.

The ANC is being represented at the damp squib gathering in Harare by one of its rising stars and close confidante of President Jacob Zuma, its treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize.

Well-placed sources in Pretoria said yesterday that a distinction had to be made between the ANC and the South African government in terms of how both of them related to Zanu PF and Zimbabwe.

"The ANC has longstanding historical relations with Zanu PF and as both are former liberation movements, they are always likely to express solidarity with one another at a formal level.

"In terms of the two countries' respective governments, things are slightly different as it is never guaranteed that either the ANC or Zanu PF will always be in power, and as such government to government relations are more complex.

"It is in that context that many in government (in South Africa) continue to be very concerned by the political situation in Zimbabwe, more so now that there is so much disquiet in Zanu PF which has traditionally been seen as a very tightly-controlled movement compared to the ANC," one of the sources said,

Another source said Pretoria's concerns about Zimbabwe were not new and dated to the days when the late revered president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, was in power.

"I think that this is one of the worrying things for South Africa about Zimbabwe in the sense that the political crisis has been there for a very long time, which in turn has impacted very negatively on the country's economy and its people.

"As you know, one of the unfortunate consequences of the problems in Zimbabwe has been that many of its citizens have opted to leave their country of birth and tried to find some relief in neighbouring countries, including South Africa.

"Unfortunately, almost all of Zimbabwe's neighbours, including South Africa, are not in a position to be able to absorb this heavy influx of the country's citizens, many of them undocumented migrants.

"In the case of South Africa, this has resulted in intolerable stresses with regards to the country's social service programmes and employment situation, sometimes resulting in repulsive antipathy towards Zimbabweans and other migrants in the country," the senior civil servant said.

He added that "our prayer" is that the fallout in Zanu PF would not result in "widespread anarchy and violence particularly seeing that President (Robert) Mugabe is not young anymore".

Comments (8)

Once a lying South African president said there was no crisis in Zimbabwe when he was hiding a damning report on a stolen election in Zimbabwe. Talk of brotherly love.

Owen - 6 December 2014

`Quite diplomacy` said Mbeki

Nyamhangambiri - 6 December 2014

Staff Writer - Is you ignorance lack of facts or intentional? It is my belief you are a Zimbabwean. From your presentation it indicates you are well educated to some level. What is the position of any ruling political party with respect to state and government? The ruling party takes control of government and directs operations of the state being led the country's constitution. At that instant in time , the ruling party, government and the state are in phase. As for the purported anxiety in ANC its not true. In short ANC and ZANU PF are tied by the umblical cord of blood and revolution. You really wanted to suggest that the colonialists in South Africa are worried by LOSING AGAIN.

dungas - 6 December 2014

This ANC representative should have read out this statement on economic refugees at the congress instead of saying it by someone in Pretoria.

vahlala - 6 December 2014

We do not expect to get a balanced comment from the ANC delegate since they are buddies from their time in exile. Wait until the same retrogressive action being taken by ZANU PF is done by ANC...soon. South Africa is benefiting from the prolonged economic downturn in Zim so it is business as usual for the ANC., no serious competitor in the region so why worry. Zimbos lets keep coming to RSA

garikayi - 6 December 2014

u happy now cde mbeki? stupid cunt

mugu - 6 December 2014

@ dungas Your statement that "In short ANC and ZANU (PF) are tied by the umbilical cord of blood and revolution" is patently FALSE. The ANC of South Africa and ZAPU were very close and both were mainly sponsored by MOSCOW. They operated jointly at times mainly from Kariba, Vic Falls and Mat North. These two were less violent. ZANU and PAC of South Africa were very violent and both were mainly sponsored by CHINA. In 1980 PAC Cdes were more favoured than the ANC Cdes by the ZANU government. This is why MADIBA never respected our President until his death (may his soul rest in peace).

003Tico - 6 December 2014

The proposal to unite the two countries, mooted by the then ruling National Party during the apartheid days would have dealt with most of these problems we are facing today. The white English speaking Rhodesians were totally wrong in rejecting the idea. It was tribalism among these two white groups, the English and the Afrikaaners which cost us future political stability in this region. Today we are confronted with a people who are obsessed with this nonsense of sovereignty; which they use time and again to ward off criticism whenever they decide to abuse and violet the human rights of the their own citizens. I have always believed a multicultural and multi ethnic society is best, as it forces people to learn to compromise and thus ensure political stability. This is the greatest weakness of Zimbabwe today - the majoritarian mentality!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 8 December 2014

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