The Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (Zanu–PF) Patriots, a division of the country's ruling party, has given South Africa and by extension, the African National Congress (ANC), one of the biggest snipes, insisting it's no big brother to the neighbouring country.
This all comes just a week after a delegation of the ANC, led by secretary-general Ace Magashule jetted to Zimbabwe to engage Zanu-PF on a number of issues plaguing the neighbouring country, including the decline of the economy and claims of a purge against government opposition members and journalists.
Zanu-PF Patriots: South Africa ruled by white men
The group said it was decided during a meeting that in a diplomatic sense, South Africa was in no way linked to Zimbabwe and had no mediatory role to play.
The Zanu-PF Patriots seem to have no trust in the media, saying it would not engage via social media or various media – but would instead meet regularly.
"We know that the SA government is controlled by white men. We agreed to never have communication through social media or media houses. That is why we shall be meeting regularly as sister revolutionary parties," the party's Patrick Chinamsa said.
"Zimbabwe is not a province of South Africa. That we agreed. South Africa, in the context of international relations, South Africa is not a big brother to Zimbabwe. It has no overseer role to play on Zimbabwe or in the region. It has no mediatory role in South Africa or any other country…"
'External forces working against us'
They also said they were able to identity what they described as existential threats that were against the ANC and its revolutionary movements. They said these threats were also against other liberation movements in the region.
"We are aware of the internal and external forces working day and night to undermine the liberation movements…we agreed that we should strengthen integration of our region (and) economies. We realise, of course, that success in this endeavor will take time," Chimanasa said.
He also said they needed to dismantle the apartheid economy.
"We cannot allow economies outside South Africa to be warehouse economies. It was raised that South Africa's economy was more integrated to Europe and not the region and this matter needs to be corrected since we live in the same geographical area.