‘No regional peace if there is turmoil in S.A ‘

Oleen Ndori

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has expressed hope that the challenges facing South Africa will be quickly resolved for the benefit of the entire southern Africa region.

In a statement on his official twitter page this Thursday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said there can be no regional peace if there is turmoil in South Africa, adding that he is hopeful a solution will be found soon.

On behalf of all Zimbabweans, both at home and abroad, we wish that the current challenges plaguing our South African brothers and sisters are resolved peacefully. Only when there is peace in South Africa, is there peace in our region,read the tweet.

The civil unrest in South Africa has affected not only that country’s economy, but the economies of Southern Africa, thus casting doubt on the growth prospects of the region.

The country’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Dr Naledi Pandor while on a working visit to Namibia noted that the unrest across the country serves to only reverse gains made in growing the South African economy.

…So our people should really learn that such conduct does not serve to achieve any positive objective, and merely reverses the progress that we should make, people have lost jobs and will continue to lose jobs given these development and people will land in jail so the effects are negative … ,he said.

South Africa occupies a strategic position as the anchor economy on the region, thus disturbances in that country have cast the spotlight on regional integration efforts especially trade.

Experts say this has the potential of scuttling the development agenda of the region, particularly in rejuvenating economies battered by COVID-19.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Ambassador Fredrick Shava says the SADC Organ on Politics Defence and Security is handling the crisis facing the region, including that of Eswatini and Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province.

It is important to note that although the rest of the region will be affected directly or indirectly economically, socially or otherwise the situation in South Africa is still within the capacity of our fraternal friend the south African government to resolve the issue and hopefully the chaos will come to an end sooner….regarding the situation in Cabo Delgado in line with the decision of the extraordinary SADC Summit held in Maputo on 23 June 20201 the region in implementing a comprehensive response to the situation in support of the republic of Mozambique. SADC is also ceased with the situation in Eswatini. President Masisi in his capacity as chair of the SADC organ sent a fact finding mission to…,”

The death toll in South Africa’s unrest has gone beyond 70 and continues to rise following racially-linked killings in Phoenix north of Durban.

So far more than a thousand people have been arrested in connection with the violent unrests.

Meanwhile, South Africa is expected to deploy an estimated 25 thousand troops following a request made by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.