SADC intervenes as Zimbabwe crisis rages on

18 November, 2017, 02:12 | Author: Kim Reid
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The stats body said issues like political unrest, economic instability and environmental degradation in the African region have resulted in the increased numbers of displaced persons heading to South Africa. However, there have been conflicting reports on the whereabouts of the President's wife, Ms Grace Mugabe, as some reports have maintained that the Zimbabwean first lady fled to Namibia while other reports claimed she was still in Zimbabwe.

On Thursday, Mugabe, the military detaining him and a special South African envoy met for negotiations.

Fuelling speculation that this plan might be rolling into action, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, 65, who has been receiving cancer treatment in Britain and South Africa, returned to Harare late on Wednesday, his spokesman said.

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Thousands of Zimbabweans call South Africa home having moved here to seek a better life and to escape economic hardship in the land of their birth.

The emergency meeting was also attended by SADC Council Chairperson Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who is also the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

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.

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The South African delegation is in Harare to help find a solution to the country's political crisis.

According to Statistics South Africa, almost 25,000 Zimbabweans were in possession of temporary residence permits in 2012. "Allowing a pariah and disgraced leader such as Mugabe asylum in our country would be an affront to the values and principles upon which our Constitutional Democracy is based", Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota, said.

The publication posted a number of photos of Mugabe meeting with the officials including a photo of the 93-year-old president and Chiweng smiling while shaking hands.

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