Johannesburg, January 21, 2013 – Zimbabweans in the Diaspora has called on President Jacob Zuma of South Africa to take tangible actions, including a SADC Peacekeeping Force before the Zimbabwean referendum, and for such a force to remain in Zimbabwe until after the elections.
Saddened and concerned about the continued suppression of freedoms by the Mugabe regime, which has waged a war against its own people in the run up to another election that is threatening to be violent, the 21st Movement Global Free Zimbabwe Movement has said gross violations of human rights are continuing in Zimbabwe unabated.
The latest example is the arrest and harassment, including refusal of bail, for human rights activists, Leo Chamahwinya and Okay Machisa, both of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Associations on clearly trumped up charges.
“We are hopeful that you Mr. President, a man who respects human life and dignity, will be at the forefront to stop the scourge that continues to consume our nation.
“We are hopeful Mr. President that you will continue to stand on the side of the suffering masses, and stop further persecution and loss of innocent lives,” they said in a petition to be presented to South African Embassies this weekend and next weekend.
The petition states that Zimbabweans had placed their trust in President Jacob Zuma, the people of South Africa and the family of Southern African countries under SADC to help stem the loss of limbs and life in Zimbabwe urgently.
“We are hopeful Mr. President that you will continue to stand on the side of the suffering masses, and stop further persecution and loss of innocent lives,” they said.
The chairman of the 21st Movement, Den Moyo, also urged all Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to join the protest on Saturday and next weekend to help send a clear message to Zanu (PF) that it cannot get away with hoodwinking the international community that it is undertaking democratic reforms, when it is not.
He also urged President Zuma to advocate for the protection of the people’s vote by allowing international observers to monitor the elections in Zimbabwe in line with SADC guidelines.