On Thursday, South African main opposition, Democratic Alliance, said that President Cyril Ramaphosa must disclose how he planned to intervene in stopping what it called ongoing human rights violations by neighbouring Zimbabwe’s government against its people.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the party would approach the International Criminal Court (ICC) to request a preliminary investigation if Ramaphosa did not announce an immediate plan of action by Friday, abandoning South Africa’s much criticised so-called “quiet diplomacy” on Zimbabwe.
On Thursday, Maimane said: “The president must advise the nation on what immediate steps his government will take to ensure an end to the violence in Zimbabwe and the full reinstatement of all civil liberties.
“To date, Ramaphosa has simply called for the end to sanctions against Zimbabwe. There has been no advocacy for the citizens, justice for the deceased, or protection of civil liberties for those who are still detained.
“If Ramaphosa fails to intervene and stop the human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, he will need to answer to the ICC as to why his government failed to act to put a stop to these grave human rights violations.
“Our country’s duty to protect and promote basic human rights for fellow human beings cannot be put on hold. There is nothing stopping the President from picking up the phone and doing the right thing.”