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Ramaphosa endorses Zim government, calls sanctions 'unjust'

Mar 12 2019 21:27
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa inspects t

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa inspects the guard of honour from a car during the Defence Forces Day celebrations held at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on August 14, 2018. (JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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HARARE, Zimbabwe — President Cyril Ramaphosa has said he supports Zimbabwe's government, ignoring reports of human right abuses to crush persistent dissent in the neighbouring country.

On a visit to Zimbabwe on Tuesday, Ramaphosa endorsed President Emmerson Mnangagwa, repeating calls for an end to Western sanctions and urging the international community to assist the once-prosperous country.

He described the sanctions against Mnangagwa and dozens of other top Zimbabwean officials as "unfair" and "unjust."

He said South Africa would assist Zimbabwe's economic recovery "within our means", but did not make a concrete commitment.

Ramaphosa's comments came as Human Rights Watch issued a report urging him and other southern African leaders to push Zimbabwe's president "to put an end to security force abuses."



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