MDC Alliance welcomes ANC bid to resolve Zim crisis

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By Alois Vinga

MDC Alliance has welcomed renewed attempts to resolve the country’s crisis by South Africa’s ruling African National Congress.

ANC and State President Cyril Ramaphosa told South African media soon after his party’s National Executive Meeting Monday that his governing party had resolved to engage all stakeholders in Zimbabwe.

Ramaphosa said his country “felt” the challenges being experienced by its troubled neighbour and was keen on seeing an end to the crisis.

Speaking to Tuesday, MDC-Alliance secretary for international relations and cooperation Gladys Hlatywayo said these were signs that South Africa understood the implications of a neighbouring country that is turmoil.

“It shows you that the Zimbabwe crisis is more of a domestic policy problem for South Africa than a foreign policy issue due to the impact it has on South Africa.

“That is why President Cyril Ramaphosa referred to the crisis on the Beitbridge border,” she said.

Hlatywayo said ANC’s stance was also an endorsement of an earlier stance by Ramaphosa to send envoys to Zimbabwe to investigate the nature and depth of the Zimbabwean crisis.

The MDC official also hailed South Africa’s governing authority for plans to engage all stakeholders in Zimbabwe other than Zanu PF only.

“We certainly welcome this move and hope it will help us as Zimbabweans to move forward and resolve the crisis,” she said.

Following Ramaphosa’s announcement, this means the ANC’s initiative will run in tandem with an earlier resolve by the South African government to remedy the Zimbabwean crisis.

Zimbabwe is in the throes of its worst economic crisis in 12 years.

The crisis has been worsened by a brutal reaction to dissent by government which accuses critics of attempts to overthrow the Emmerson Mnangagwa led administration.

Zimbabwean authorities insist the country’s challenges were not too grave to warrant external intervention.