SADC Troika Assesses Situation in Zimbabwe

SADC Troika Assesses Situation in Zimbabwe

"I think he should be granted refugee status in one of the African countries and South Africa is well placed to host him because of its leadership role in the SADC", he said. The bad part? He is set to exile here in South Africa.

The SADC announcement was made at the same time when embattled President Robert Mugabe appeared in public for the first time since Monday when he met envoys dispatched by President Zuma at State House.

If anyone has cause to demand that rough justice be meted out to Robert Mugabe it is Patson Dzamara, whose brother Itai, an opposition activist, was abducted from the street past year and is presumed to have been murdered.

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"It is their delayed reaction in this process that has led us to this point", said Mafume.

In its latest Tourism and Migration Survey released in August 2017, Stats SA recorded that nearly 31% of people who had passed through South African ports of entry in August were Zimbabweans.

"He must be allowed to come to South Africa so that a peaceful transition can indeed take place".

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The Zimbabwean officers behind the military action in Harare insist they have not stolen power but are merely acting to purge "criminals" from Mugabe's political entourage. They have been watching developments in Zimbabwe very closely with most expressing mixed emotions over the current situation.

The ministers had the mission to meet with President Robert Mugabe and the commanders of the Armed Forces who are controlling that country, and will present their reports to the troika.

"If it's non-violent and it presents economic opportunities we might see some Zimbabweans going back home and if it turns violent we might see a new influx of Zimbabweans coming to South Africa", said Smith, founder of the company of migration lawyers.

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Wolters said if the new government, whoever it may be, does try to tackle economic issues, it will take time.

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