In a statement likely to worry the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations since South Africa is the mediator in the Zimbabwe political crisis, Gwede Mantashe, the ANC’s secretary general, said Zanu-PF should regain lost ground, adding that the relationship between the two parties should also be cemented.
Mantashe said this in his address at the ongoing Zanu-PF’s conference at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).
The conference kicked off today and ends on Saturday.
“The president of South Africa and the ANC directed us to come here and affirm her commitment to be a good and trustworthy member to Zimbabwe and Zanu-PF in particular all the time, particularly that Zanu-PF is a sister liberation movement. That makes our relationship special.
“We should continue engaging to take our relationship to a higher level. It is important that Zanu-PF continue regaining lost grounds and represent the interests and the aspirations of the vast majority of the people of Zimbabwe,” Mantashe said in his solidarity message.
“This message of solidarity is an acknowledgement of the fact that we belong together. Our relationship has been historically sealed by blood since we fought the same white colonialists,” he added.
South Africa’s ANC is among other southern African liberation war movements that include FRELIMO (Mozambique), Patriotic Front (Zambia), Botswana Democratic Party, NPLA (Angola), SWAPO of Namibia and the December 12 movement of United States that pledged support and continued friendship to Zanu-PF in their solidarity speeches.
But it is the open support for Zanu-PF by the ANC of South Africa that is likely to worry the MDC’s over the latter’s neutrality when it comes to solving the Zimbabwe political crisis since that country’s President, Jacob Zuma is the mediator.
About 4000 delegates are attending attend Zanu-PF’s conference, which is being be held under the theme “Defend National Sovereignty, Consolidate indigenisation and Economic Empowerment.”
The party’s 10 provinces have endorsed President Robert Mugabe’s candidature for next year’s general elections at the conference.
General elections were supposed to be held this year, but were postponed after Copac failed to complete the crafting of the new constitution.
Parties in the inclusive Government agreed that new elections should be held after the new constitution was in place.