Zim opposition leader slams SA for not condemning government crackdown

Zim opposition leader slams SA for not condemning government crackdown

- David Coltart, and MDC leader, said South Africa's silence regarding the crackdown was "deafening"

- He added that the international community had not spoken out enough against the government's harsh treatment of citizens

- He said that the government repression amounted to crimes against humanity

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A leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition party has slammed South Africa and the international community for not speaking out enough the Zimbabwean crisis.

David Coltart, a prominent figure in the MDC party, said that South Africa's silence on the issue was "deafening". 

He said countries should be doing more to condemn the Zimbabwean government's actions.

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He made the call as violence continues in the country. Zimbabwe has been wracked by protests for over a week since a major increase in the price of fuel. The protests were followed by an increasingly brutal and authoritarian crackdown by the government, with police and the military being deployed to suppress citizens. 

The state has been accused of arbitrarily arresting and detaining citizens, as well denying people access to a fair trial. There was also a temporary internet blackout, which was allegedly imposed in order to hide evidence of the state's harsh clampdown.

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Several human rights organizations have reported soldiers assaulting and even killing citizens. There have also been reports of rapes by soldiers, three of which have been confirmed by human rights watchdogs.

Coltart called the situation a crime against humanity.

Cyril Ramaphosa has said that he will meet with President Mnangagwa in order to help plan a way forward for the troubled state.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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