- The DA is against the prospect of granting Mugabe asylum
- DA MP slams EFF for the request, saying they don’t care about Zimbabweans
- EFF hits back saying Mugabe was never found guilty of Human Rights violation crimes
On Friday, The Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said it will be breaking the law if asylum is granted to embattled President Robert Mugabe.
Maimane urged Zuma to publicly announce that they rule out the prospect.
Maimane continued by stating that South Africa’s Refugees Act expressly blocked anybody who had committed war crimes or crimes against humanity, or any crime that would constitute to imprisonment under South African law.
“Robert Mugabe has, like many other leaders on the continent, turned from liberator to dictator, with human rights abuses and crimes against peace being committed under his watch.”
"As such, he ought to be denied refugee status as per the law,” Maimane said.
“As long as Mugabe would not face torture or death penalty in Zimbabwe, the South African government must exclude him from asylum.”
Contradicting the DA’s believe, the EFF last week requested that asylum be given to Mugabe.
Briefly.co.za learned from Buzz South Africa that the DA MP and shadow minister of International Relations and Cooperation Stevens Mokgalapa slammed the EFF for their request, saying that it is a clear indicator that the party does not care about the greater good of the people of Zimbabwe.
Mokgalapa continued by saying that South Africa would not continue with its quiet diplomacy while the people of Zimbabwe suffer.
“The EFF has chosen to be on the wrong side of history instead of advocating and fighting for human rights. Just like the ANC government that seemingly supports war criminals and dictators like Omar Al-Bashir, Edgar Lungu and others who have abandoned the virtues of values-based leadership.”
“If the EFF genuinely cared about the Zimbabwean people, they would be joining our call to not grant President Mugabe political asylum in South Africa. Many Zimbabweans have had to flee their country of birth as President Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe into the ground.”
However, the EFF was quick to fire back; they condemned the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s rejection of the granting of political asylum to President Robert Mugabe.
Addressing the DA’s accusations of Mugabe violating human rights, the EFF replied that no court of law in the world has ever found Mugabe guilty of such transgressions.
The EFF added: “President Mugabe remains one of us despite his many mistakes as President of Zimbabwe.”
“As a matter of fact, he does not need any passport to come and live in South Africa and we shall never confine our relationship with him as an African leader to colonially imposed borders.” They continued.
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