No crisis in Zimbabwe, says SA’s Foreign minister

No crisis in Zimbabwe, says SA’s Foreign minister

PRETORIA: The South African government has on Tuesday, played down what is widely regarded as a growing crisis in Zimbabwe, noting that the Zimbabwe government has claimed it has it “under control”.Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was asked at a press conference in Pretoria, whether

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Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was asked at a press conference in Pretoria, whether government was concerned about the security situation in Zimbabwe and the social and economic implications for South Africa.

She replied by noting that she had watched Zimbabwe’s High Commissioner (ambassador) to South Africa being interviewed on a South African TV channel recently.

“He presented a picture which doesn’t talk to the crisis you are alluding to and [said] that all is under control,” she said, with apparent approval.

But she then implied that the South African government was in fact consulting the Zimbabwe government about the situation there, noting that there were “regular interactions among us about the working of countries in the region, including Zimbabwe”.

These interactions took place in meetings which journalists didn’t know about, she indicated, usually between heads of state.

On the Lesotho crisis she said regional leaders meeting for the annual Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit meeting in Swaziland last month, had urged the Lesotho government to ensure an all-inclusive process for the constitutional, public sector and security sector reforms they had agreed to.

She said the Basotho had also agreed that there would be no lasting peace in their country without fully-fledged security sector reform in particular.

 

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