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South Africa calls for lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe –  South Africa’s parliament has called on the membership of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) to support a motion demanding the immediate lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

The request was made Thursday by Amos Masondo, chairperson of the South African National Council of Provinces, or upper house of parliament.

Masondo said South Africa is demanding the sanction against Zimbabwe be lifted in recognition and appreciation of the PAP’s “gallant and heroic” 2016 campaign, which led to the successful lifting of economic sanctions imposed by the United States on Sudan.

During the regime of the late President Robert Mugabe, the United States, Britain, and the European Union imposed economic, financial and trade sanctions on Zimbabwe since 2002 for the seizure of white-owned farms in Zimbabwe.

Robert Mugabe

The unilateral sanctions, Masondo added, have caused “grave harm,” not only to Zimbabwe’s economy and its people but also to the entire Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

“We are deeply concerned that these unjustified, unilateral sanctions have a grave and unforgivable impact on women, children and ordinary citizens of the country,” he said.

Masondo urged the PAP members to join the SADC heads of state in demanding the immediate lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

The PAP, one of the principal bodies within the African Union, is a platform for people from all African states to participate in discussions and decision-making on the problems and challenges facing the continent.

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