DA calls for SA strategy review

PRETORIA - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the South African government to review its strategy for dealing with Zimbabwe in light of an African Union (AU) report on human rights abuses under Mugabe's rule. "South Africa has to condemn the human rights abuses and the muzzling of the media

and free political activity in Zimbabwe, even if only to affirm its own democratic values, said the party’s acting leader, Joe Seremane. The report called for an end to internal displacements caused by government evictions, the repeal of several repressive laws and free access for international aid groups, and an AU fact-finding delegation. “The DA fully supports all these appeals,” said Seremane. Meanwhile, more than 3 000 Zimbabweans were deported from South Africa in December for flouting immigration regulations. “Over 3 000 Zimbabweans, many of whom had slipped into South Africa without any travel documentation or over-stayed were deported between 23 and 28 December,” acting chief immigration officer Desiderius Karaga was quoted in The Herald. Earlier reports said South Africa’s home affairs department had flown a total of 160 Zimbabweans home. Most of them had been detained at the Lindela holding centre outside Johannesburg. – Own correspondent

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