South African President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa will be coming to Zimbabwe next month to meet his counterpart President Emmerson Mnangagwa to discuss a various number of bilateral issues between the two countries.
This was revealed by South Africa International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu during a briefing with journalists on Tuesday.
“We are preparing for a bi-national with Zimbabwe, on March 12th. Our President (Ramaphosa) will lead the delegation to Harare. I think sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe will be top of our agenda and we are putting them across in the world because we believe that for as long as Zimbabwe has sanctions imposed on it, the possibility of recovering from its economic woes will remain very glim and dim,” said Sisulu.
President Ramaphosa is a champion of the removal of sanctions against Zimbabwe.
Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland recent he said Zimbabwe faces “serious, serious, economic challenges and they can be assisted by the world if those sanctions are lifted.”
The United States has sanctions on Zimbabwean officials including President Mnangagwa and says certain human rights reforms are needed to lift them.
America also has a list of companies that are not supposed to do business with the super power. An Act of Parliament called the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act was amended last year to include conditions which will result in America removing sanctions.
On Monday European Union renews sanctions against former President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace and the Zimbabwe Defense Industries.byo24