- President Cyril Ramaphosa has deployed a special envoy to Zimbabwe amid allegations of a human rights crisis
- Ramaphosa has appointed Dr Sydney Mufamadi and ex-speaker Baleka Mbete to explore how SA can aid the nation
- This comes after the Zimbabwean government brushed off claims that a crisis is underway within its borders
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a special envoy to travel to Zimbabwe following reports of a human rights crisis.
In a statement issued by the Office of the Presidency, Ramaphosa confirmed that Dr Sydney Mufamadi and former speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete have been deployed.
The President explained that the envoy will explore how South Africa can provide assistance:
"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."
African News Agency has reported that the Zimbabwean government dismissed 'false allegations' of human rights abuses and a crisis in the region after #ZimbabweanLivesMatter went viral on social media.
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Commenting on the situation, Information Ministry secretary Nick Mangwana insisted the allegations were politically motivated:
“To set the record straight, there is no crisis or implosion in Zimbabwe. Neither has there been any abduction or war on citizens. Like any other country in the world, Zimbabwe has been enforcing Covid-19 lockdown regulations intended to safeguard and protect the lives of all citizens. Where necessary, the law has been fairly applied."
Mufamadi was previously a minister of provincial and local government as well as a minister of safety and security after the first democratic election in SA, reports IOL. Mbete previously served as deputy president of SA and former chairperson of the ANC.
Ramaphosa says the envoy will leave for Zimbabwe as soon as the relevant arrangements have been made.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a committee to handle allegations of corruption relating to the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
This committee will be chaired by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola and will deal with all allegations of graft concerning procurement of Personal Protective Equipment and other state responses to the crisis.
Lamola will be joined by Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, Police Minister Bheki Cele, Public Service Minister Senzo Mchunu and COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
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