SA envoys to Zimbabwe accused of snubbing the opposition

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Zimbabwean opposition party, the MDC Alliance, claims it has been snubbed by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Special Envoys to that country. Sydney Mufamadi and Baleka Mbete were scheduled to meet party leaders on Sunday but the meeting was cancelled.

The envoys were tasked by the President to meet with all relevant parties in relations to recent allegations of human rights violations, including police brutality in Zimbabwe.

The MDC Alliance claim they waited the whole day for the special envoys – only to receive the cancellation message late in the day. It says they were informed the would be returning to South Africa without honouring the meeting.

MDC Alliance accuses the ruling party ZANU-PF of persuading the Mufamadi and Mbete to not engage opposition parties. It says Zimbabwe is in crisis and is in a de facto state of emergency.

The opposition says it will continue to pressurise government to engage in dialogue in order to resolve the current tough times.

The envoys paid a courtesy visit to President Emmerson Mnangagwa this afternoon.

In the video below, is a discussion on the envoys’ meeting with Mnangagwa: