South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the removal of sanctions on Zimbabwe at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly, saying their existence are negatively affecting the SADC region.
In his address, Ramaphosa said Zimbabweans are suffering in silent because of sanctions that were imposed by the United States of America and its Western allies.
“The sanctions being applied on South Africa’s neighbouring country , Zimbabwe should be lifted as they are causing untold suffering on ordinary Zimbabweans.
“These sanctions also have a collateral negative impact on neighbouring countries as well as my own country, South Africa,” He said.
Ramaphosa also spoke on South Africa’s consistency in calling for dialogue and negotiation with it’s neighbouring countries.
“South Africa has consistently advocated for negotiation and diplomacy to prevent and end conflict to achieve lasting peace.
“We have committed ourself as a country to the promotion of human rights, Justice and democracy and to the adherence of international laws,” he said.
He urged other nations to promote dialogue as a way of strengthening relations.
“The human race has exhibited an enormous capacity for resilience and ability to resolve problems for adaptation, compassion and solidarity.
“As an international community, we must do everything within our means as we should , and refrain from any actions that fuel conflict.
“Let’s invest in peace building,” said Ramaphosa