Zimbabweans living in South Africa have gathered at the Union Buildings in solidarity with their countrymen back home who took to the streets in their thousands on Saturday to demand that President Robert Mugabe be removed from power.
They did not hand over a petition but said they also want President Jacob Zuma, as chair of SADEC , to ensure that Zimbabweans are left to sort out the situation in Zimbabwe themselves.
The army stormed Harare earlier this week and confined Mugabe to his home. Several Zimbabwean political organisations, religious groups and civil organisations joined hands under the banner of the Zimbabwean Diaspora Vote Coalition.
Chairperson of the Coalition, Sox Chikohwero, urged SADELiC to support moves to outst the 93-year-old leader who has been in power for 37 years.
“When Thabo Mbeki was a mediator in Zimbabwe the narrative was that Zimbabweans can solve their own problems. So we are here to say firstly Zimbabweans have started to solve their own problems. In Zim, people are now in the streets, people are in Freedom Square, we are here in solidarity with them. So when they meet tomorrow (Sunday), please, what they can only do is to support the people of Zimbabwe. “
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