SA Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor raps external interference

By Josephine Mugiyo

ZIMBABWE’s stance against the United States’ illegal interference with its internal affairs is gaining traction, with South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor speaking against the US’s intrusion in African affairs to destabilise the continent for selfish economic and political gain.

Minister Pandor recently had an interaction with the United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken where she was unambiguous on the need for Africa to chart its own course without undue interference from the US and its allies.

This was after the United States questioned South Africa’s stance over Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine and its perceived non-alignment with western powers.

“There has been a sense of patronised bullying that you either choose this or that. You can’t say because Africa is doing this, you will have them punished. It is the reality that there has been a lot of interference on African countries and it has fueled instability.

“There is a concern that counties with mineral wealth in Africa due to these minerals external players don’t always have Africa’s interests at heart,” said Minister Pandor.

Political commentators Gibson Nyikadzino and Rutendo Matinyarare concur that Minister Pandor’s utterances are a gentle reminder for the West to respect African countries and not interfere with sovereign states.

“We understand that Africa is endowed with minerals which the US has used its militaristic foreign policy approach to destabilise African democracies and wants to pursue the doctrine of messiahship where it comes and makes interference as a saviour, yet it’s the mother of all the chaos,” Nyikadzino said.

“The statement by Pandor is a reminder that the US has never been friendly and will punish those who do not toe its line,” said Matinyarare.

The recent developments come at a time when Zimbabwe is fighting against Illegal economic sanctions imposed by the US and its Western allies.

The calls for the removal of the illegal sanctions which have slowed down Zimbabwe’s economic development have grown louder with the SADC region and like-minded countries condemning the illegal embargo as unjust.

In June, President Emmerson Mnangagwa told ZANU PF supporters in Bikita how the US wanted to influence Zimbabwe to condemn Russia following its Special Military Operation in Ukraine.

President Mnangagwa reminded the United States that Russia just like Zimbabwe is under the York of illegal sanctions imposed without reasonable justification.