by DANAI MWARUMBA
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWE has strengthened its relations with South Africa following the visit by the latter’s President Cyril Ramaphosa and his delegation to Harare.
The visit comes as Zimbabwe looks up to regional allies and African member states to bust sanctions imposed by America and the European Union (EU)
following its land reform programme.
“It is an honour to welcome President Cyril Ramaphosa to Zimbabwe. The strength and depth of our relationship is the epitome of true brotherhood,
of a common people with a shared past & destiny. You are a key and true ally. I am looking forward to a fruitful visit,” said Zimbabwean leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa and his two deputies, Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi, were among government officials that welcomed Ramaphosa on Monday.
This was ahead of third Bi-National Commission Summit (BNC) between the two neighbouring countries.
“Our relationship, like crops, requires constant cultivation and watering. Come rain or sunshine, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that it remains vibrant, yielding a good harvest for our people. More importantly, let us ensure that our relations and historical bonds transcend generations and grow stronger with the passage of time,” Mnangagwa said.
Ramaphosa hailed Zimbabwe as a strategic and dependable partner.
The two countries enjoy solid relations since the end of apartheid in South Africa in 1994.
“Our fortunes remain bound together. Our visit to Zimbabwe to attend the third session of BNC is a clear statement of our shared commitment to working together,” Ramaphoda said.
“We must employ the same resolve with which we fought the scourge of apartheid to combat the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. We must use the BNC mechanism to consolidate and deepen our bilateral relations.”
Earlier this month, Botswana confirmed a financial bailout of BWP1 billion ($100 million) when President Mokgweetsi Masisi visited Harare.
– CAJ News