President Emmerson Mnangagwa dismisses efforts to help Zimbabwe by South Africa .

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa dismissed efforts by South Africa to assist in eradicating Zimbabwe’s ongoing political and economic crisis, and understated the magnitude of the Nation’s problems.

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa dispatched special envoys Sydney Mufamadi and Baleka Mbete to Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, on Aug. 10 to investigate how South Africa could assist Zimbabwe in addressing its proliferating disputes. Mnangagwa told them there was nothing to discuss, and rebuffed any reports of a melt down on government oppositions as a fabrication and false news according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to comment publicly.

When the South African delegates realised that anti-government protests had been banned, soldiers deployed in the CBD and movements completely prohibited with activists of the #Zimbabwean Lives matter detained, Mnangagwa responded that large gatherings were to be illegal in attempt to hamper the spread of the coronavirus and the arrests were an internal matter, the officials said.

The envoys were also informed that Zimbabwean politics was non of their business because they carried no brief from either the African Union or the Southern African Development Community, they said.

Zimbabwean government spokesman Nick Mangwana ignored three calls to his mobile seeking comment.

Clayson Monyela, South Africa’s Ministry of International Relations Spokesman sent requests for comment to the presidency. Tyrone Seale, Ramaphosa’s spokesman, said the envoys would brief the president this week. Mufamadi, a former local government minister, and Mbete, an ex-head of the National Assembly,also ignored calls to their mobile phones or respond to messages seeking comment.

South Africa is no doubt Zimbabwe’s biggest trading partner and bread basket for multiple families .Former South African President Thabo Mbeki moderated in Zimbabwe’s post-election crisis in 2008 between former President Robert Mugabe and then-opposition leader late Morgan Tsvangirai, which resulted in the formation of a five-year power-sharing government.

Zimbabwe is currently facing shortages of fuel and food,price hikes ,mass unemployment, a 737% inflation rate and huge slump in the value of its currencies. At least 2 million Zimbabweans currently live in South Africa and fears are increasing that a further decline of the economy could provoke a fresh wave of immigration in the coming months with the vast majority of these immigrants using illegal chanels to cross the border .

South African envoys insisted their reason for visiting was to aid Zimbabwe and were really infuriated by Mnangagwa’s refusal to engage them on possible solutions to the Nation’s multiple problems, according to the officials. Furthermore ,efforts by the delegates to also meet opposition leaders, religious leaders and civil rights groups were all blocked, with Mnangagwa telling them their visit was strictly a government-to-government one and they had no business discussing issues with anyone else, they said.
MDC Alliance Leader Nelson Chamisa who had hoped to meet with these envoys was really emotional and saddened by the outcome .

“Addressing the opposition’s “insignificant interests” was not an essential part of the Envoy’s visit” Obert Mpofu, the administrative secretary for Zimbabwe’s ruling party, said in an interview Thursday.

The envoys had “no obligation” to meet anyone other than Mnangagwa, Mpofu was cited saying by the state-controlled Herald newspaper. The envoys made their way back yo South Africa with no solid news to report back except Mnsngagwa’s response “There is nothing to discuss”.

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