South Africa’s Communist Party (SACP) says there is definitely a crisis in Zimbabwe. Speaking in a party online plenary session, Party Secretary, Bonginkosi Emmanuel Blade Nzimande says the crises is obvious.
SACP says there is a crisis in Zimbabwe
Furthermore, Nzimande says the ANC’s attitude amounts to a “denial of the self-evident truth”. Continuing, the Central Committee expresses “solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe.” Moreover, he suggests ANC officials need not go to Zimbabwe to assess the situation. Correctly, he adds, one only needs to visit an informal settlement in South Africa to understand the crisis in Zimbabwe.
South Africa has an unspecified number of Zimbabwean refugees. Importantly, research indicates figures from 1 to 5 million with a number of variations in between. Additionally, they are undocumented and unprotected. Subsequently, unless the ANC and SADC apply pressure to the ZANU-PF lead government, the problem will not go away.
Do you mean @myanc is unable to recognise a crisis in Zimbabwe because some in South Africa's urban areas use bucket toilets? I personally would not have thought that would be a limiting factor in assessing the Zimbabwean situation objectively for people of good intent.
— Tsitsi Dangarembga (@efie41209591) September 10, 2020
Informal settlements house Zimbabweans
Importantly, the northern border of South Africa is insecure. Furthermore, a quick walk over the Limpopo River to taxis results in the anonymity of sprawling Johannesburg within eight hours. Moreover, Zimbabweans are prepared to turn their hand to almost anything to make a living for their families.
Interestingly, Robert Mugabe dropped brick making machines off in every rural area of Zimbabwe in the early 1980s, “Make your bricks. Build your schools and I will send you teachers,” he promised. Moreover, it was a promise Mugabe kept resulting in several decades of well-educated people. Unfortunately, the economy failed to keep pace with the graduates and they left for greener pastures.
Zimbabwe is a failed state
Subsequently, Nzimande correctly points out that Zimbabweans “… have had to come to South Africa to make a living because of the crisis … there.” Additionally, he says the impact of illegal refugees in South Africa raises competition for local people in the job market.
Furthermore, Zimbabwean journalist, Noreen Welch regularly describes hardships facing Zimbabweans every day. Indeed, her latest Facebook post mentions “pregnant women alone in hospitals to give birth”. Moreover, she says there is little to no water in urban areas. Lamentably, she states “This is the toll that two decades of economic mismanagement have taken on a nation once considered one of Africa’s shining stars.”
So ZANUPF gangsters had shown the middle to the useless ANC crooks, he banna can one remind this fellow that Zimbabwe is failing to feed it's on people, South Africa is a big brother step in and feed Zimbabweans children pic.twitter.com/NrRnUYqgrt
— 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐑𝐚𝐤𝐠𝐚𝐝𝐢 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐫 🇿 (@BlackCulture_HM) September 11, 2020
Importantly, disappearances are common amongst anyone challenging the status quo. Moreover, arrests are common on loosely termed crimes, hence Hopewell Chin’ono faces charges for telling the truth. Undoubtedly, there is a crisis in Zimbabwe.
"If it wasn’t for the international support and solidarity that I got, especially from Zimbabwe and South Africa, I would still be in prison." Hopewell Chin’ono, Award-winning Zimbabwean investigative journalist https://t.co/eQCDjlmqPw pic.twitter.com/Oj6U1ymGoJ
— 702 (@Radio702) September 8, 2020
Zimbabwe is a fertile land of promise. Unfortunately, mismanagement over two decades renders it impossible to live in for many. Assuredly, the South African Communist Party is correct – if there was no crisis, there would be no Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa.