The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) in the Western Cape has asked the African Union to intervene in the political crisis in Zimbabwe.

Numsa is also holding a picket outside the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria against what it terms Zimbabwe’s authoritarian regime.

Zimbabwe’s government has been accused of violating human rights by randomly arresting activists and opposition politicians during a crackdown in recent months.

Numsa Western Cape Secretary Vuyo Lufele says they stand with the people of Zimbabwe in calling for freedom of speech and association.

Lufele says ZANU-PF President Emerson Mnangagwa should accept the fact that there are other political parties in the country with different views.

He has called on Mnangagwa to free all political prisoners.

Lufele says Mnangagwa should be investigated for the violation of human rights in terms of international law.

 

“The message is clear…we are tired of ZANU-PF”

Last month, protestors gathered outside the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria, voicing their dissatisfaction against the ruling party ZANU-PF.

Members of the Civil rights group #NotInMyName accuse President Mnangwagwa of being a dictator:

Opposition leader decries human rights violations

Zimbabwe’s opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has described what it says are instances of human rights abuses by the ZANU-PF regime under coronavirus restrictions.

Opposition groups say President Emmerson Mnangagwa has struggled to keep his promise to revive the economy after he replaced Robert Mugabe in an army coup in 2017.

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa outlines the alleged human rights violations by law enforcement agencies:

-Report by Chris Mabuya and Noma Bolani, additional reporting by SABC News.