A second delegation of South African envoys – led by African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule – have arrived in crisis-hit Zimbabwe in the hopes that they can encourage the country's ruling party to desist from its campaign to silence voices of dissent.
The previous group of envoys, consisted of former Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC), Baleka Mbete, and former Minister of Provincial and Local Government, Sydney Mufamadi, with the duo having failed to effectively consult with the ZANU-PF ruling party or any other stakeholders.
Magashule leads 10-person strong delegation to Zimbabwe
Magashule is accompanied on the new diplomatic mission by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, as well as seven other ANC members.
Magashule spoke to reporters after landing in Zimbabwe's capital city, Harare, on Wednesday 9 September and said that he and the delegation are hoping to speak to a number of stakeholders in the country's unrest.
"We are here in Zimbabwe, we are going to meet ZANU-PF," he said.
"There are many others who want to meet us, [which] we are still going to decide ourselves," he added.
ZANU-PF agree to meet with delegation
ZANU-PF said the South African delegation would meet its officials on Wednesday "to discuss issues of mutual interest", with the country currently in the midst of extreme economic and political crisis.
They have denied that Zimbabwe is currently suffering escalating socio-economic misery, despite the widely acknowledged reality in which protesters have taken to the streets over corruption and a lack of basic resources.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said in August that the unrest was the fault of a "few rogue Zimbabweans acting in league with foreign detractors".
ZANU-PF said in a statement on Tuesday 8 September that the talks between themselves and the ANC delegation were the result of a false narrative having been broadcast to the world regarding the country's current state of despair.
"This visit is taking place against the backdrop of false claims of a nation in crisis,"they said.