Regional News Roundup

Sikhala’s car stolen

MDC99 leader, Job Sikhala, had his car stolen in Johannesburg on Sunday. The firebrand politician had just come out of a press conference in Braamfontein.

The Zimbabwean-registered vehicle had R15 000 cash in it. Personal belongings were stolen together with the car. Police in Hillbrow confirmed receiving a report and said investigations were in progress.

SA welcomes UN stand

The South African government this week welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s recent unanimous adoption of Resolution 2033, which urges enhanced cooperation with sub-regional organisations, particularly the African Union, in peace and security matters. The adoption of the resolution followed an initiative by President Jacob Zuma during his latest visit to New York. South Africa holds the Presidency of the Council for this month.

Zuma chaired a high-level debate on “Strengthening the relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations, in particular the African Union, in the maintenance of international peace and security.”

“The SA-initiated resolution stresses the importance of establishing a more effective relationship between the UNSC and regional bodies, in particular the AU Peace and Security Council, especially in the area of conflict prevention, resolution and management, electoral assistance and regional conflict prevention,” said Clayson Monyela, spokesman for SA’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

It also encourages the improvement of regular interaction, consultation and coordination between the two bodies on matters of mutual interest. The resolution might see the two bodies work hand-in-glove on Zimbabwe, which has become a security threat in the region.

Johannesburg burns

Soldiers and police ran riot in the city centre over the weekend, beating up street vendors, confiscating their property and overturning their stalls. This was Operation Festive Season, a joint exercise by the SA Police, National Defence Force, metro police and revenue authorities.

Zimbabwean vendors were reminded of the 2005 Operation Murambatsvina, which left more than 700 000 homeless and more than a million others without means of survival. Most affected were Zimbabwean, Pakistani and Somali street traders.

Passersby were not spared the brutality. Exiled activist, Gift Nhidza, lost his mobile phone, with which he had taken some photographs. “He was caught up in the melee, beaten up and had his phone taken away by the police without explanation. It was a worrisome scene,” said eye-witness Zimbabwe Youth Wing chairman, Ishamael Kauzani. The South African Revenue Service said counterfeit goods with an estimated street value of R7m were seized in the operation.

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