Pretoria – South Africa main opposition Democratic Alliance said on Thursday President Cyril Ramaphosa must disclose how he planned to intervene in stopping what it called ongoing human rights violations by neighbouring Zimbabwe's government against its people.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the party would approach the International Criminal Court (ICC) to request a preliminary investigation if Ramaphosa did not announce an immediate plan of action by Friday, abandoning South Africa's much criticised so-called "quiet diplomacy" on Zimbabwe.
Rights groups and lawyers say Zimbabwe police and soldiers have killed at least 12 people and injured and arrested hundreds others in a crackdown after protests last week against a steep fuel price increase turned violent, with many shops vandalised and looted in major cities.
Earlier this week, the DA wrote to Ramaphosa, calling on him to intervene directly on the Zimbabwe crisis.
“The president must advise the nation on what immediate steps his government will take to ensure an end to the violence in Zimbabwe and the full reinstatement of all civil liberties," Maimane said on Thursday.