South Africa has an obligation to assist the people of Zambia in their hour of need. That’s the view of the country’s official opposition party, the United Party for National Development.

Party leader Hakainde Hichilema is currently in South Africa as a guest of Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane.

Two official African opposition parties, seeking common ground and the relations between the two countries go back decades.

The people of Zambia opened their country even their homes to South Africans, fleeing from the brutal Apartheid regime.

Maimane says it’s an indictment that the South African government has to date done little to help the people of Zambia.

Zambia is currently under a state of emergency. Hichilema remains defiant despite a four month prison stint.

This was preceded by a violent arrest at his family home.

The UPND leader urged South Africans to do as much as they can to help his people, who had once stood in solidarity with the oppressed.

Hichilema is on three day visit to South Africa as a guest of the DA.

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– By Lukhanyo Calata