SENIOR STAFF WRITER
ANALYSTS have said the South African government’s foreign policy based on politics of solidarity and a brotherly stance has failed Zimbabwe which is on the brink of collapse, the Daily News reports.
“However, the GNU did not solve the country’s major problems which include corruption, human rights violations and bad governance. It only provided relief for a few years and in 2013 things gradually started returning to what they were like in the past,” Sidoroupolos said.
“If there was a time for South Africa to improve its foreign policy towards Zimbabwe, it is now. We don’t want another Cabo Delgado because the situation in Zimbabwe is ripe for conflict. Even though we support the removal of sanctions, we cannot ignore that Zimbabwe’s economic problems are a direct result of the politics. Political turmoil is what is driving economic instability,” she said.
“Yes, South Africa is the bigger neighbour, but we don’t have all the problems. The government needs to implement sound economic and political reforms in order to convince the international community to lift the sanctions and rebuild relations.“2017 presented a new era for the government to reform, however, President (Emmerson) Mnangagwa has failed to implement the necessary reforms and has instead turned the State into a military regime. South Africa has been careful not to bruise egos, but sometimes egos have to be bruised for things to move forward,” Sidoroupolos said.