Ramaphosa asked to intervene in Zimbabwe’s government ‘terror campaign’

indafrica June 18, 2020
Updated 2020/06/18 at 3:58 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has been told to act fast and take a stance on events currently unfolding in Zimbabwe .

Our neighbours to the north are reporting that a fresh campaign of brutality is being conducted by government forces, after three prominent members of the opposition were allegedly abducted and abused.

The heavy-handed treatment of the political representatives has sparked huge concerns, and even the UN have expressed their disapproval of Mnangagwa’s tactics in dealing with dissent.

However, it is the perceived silence of South Africa’s head of state that is causing upheaval on our own shores.


Darren Bergman is the shadow DIRCO minister. He’s been monitoring events closely in Zimbabwe, and has been abhorred by what he has witnessed.

The DA MP wants the president to avoid ‘quiet diplomacy’ – a policy followed by Thabo Mbeki at the height of Robert Mugabe’s infamous reign:

“Zimbabwe’s opposition political leaders have been at the receiving end of a terror campaign by state security agencies, using torture as a tool for intimidation.

Three opposition female leaders, Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri, and Netsai Marova were reportedly abducted, sexually abused and dumped in a remote area.”

“Even as the United Nations and the international community has condemned this gross abuse of human rights, the African Union under President Ramaphosa has remained quiet. Ramaphosa should desist from pursuing former President Thabo Mbeki’s failed ‘quiet diplomacy’ policy on Zimbabwe and demand a return to the rule of law.”

As well as violating political opponents, the security forces of the Mnangagwa administration have been accused of beating up medical professionals for their objections to the COVID-19 response.

Cyril Ramaphosa may have a lot on his plate at the moment, but these are not allegations that can be ignored by the presidency.

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