South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed envoys to Zimbabwe after an outcry over human rights violations linked to July 31.
The world was made aware of the human rights violations via the hashtag #ZimbabweanLivesMatter on Twitter.
In a notice, Ramaphosa’s office said South Africa’s president had appointed Dr. Sydney Mufamadi and Ms Baleka Mbete as his Special Envoys to Zimbabwe.
The two are expected to engage the Government of Zimbabwe and relevant stakeholders to identify possible ways in which South Africa can assist Zimbabwe
The two are anticipated to leave for Zimbabwe as soon as all arrangements have been made.
Ramaphosa’s office said:
The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, has appointed Dr. Sydney Mufamadi and Ms Baleka Mbete as his Special Envoys to Zimbabwe, following recent reports of difficulties that the Republic of Zimbabwe is experiencing.
The Special Envoys are expected to engage the Government of Zimbabwe and relevant stakeholders to identify possible ways in which South Africa can assist Zimbabwe.
Dr. Sydney Mufamadi is the former Minister of Provincial and Local Government (1999 to 2008). In 1994, after South Africa’s first democratic elections, he was appointed Minister of Safety and Security in the Government of National Unity – a position he held until 1999.
Ms. Baleka Mbete is former Deputy President of Republic of South Africa, former Speaker of the National Assembly and former Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC).
The President’s Special Envoys will leave for Zimbabwe as soon as all the arrangements are made.
The appointment comes after the South African government announced Thursday that it had taken note of the human rights abuse reports occurring in Zimbabwe
In a statement released on the official Twitter account, the government said its Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Naledi Pandor was in contact with her Zimbabwean counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Sibusiso Moyo.
ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule also confirmed that the ruling party had discussed the crisis in Zimbabwe.