Zimbabweans in SA threaten to shut down embassies

2016-07-14 18:25
Tania Pehl, News24

Tania Pehl, News24

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Cape Town - Zimbabwean citizens in three major South African cities have threatened to shut down embassies if long-time ruler President Robert Mugabe does not step down.

Reports indicated that the Zimbabwean embassies in Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg came to a standstill as angry protesters handed over their list of demands.

According to social media reports under the hashtag #Tajamuka, which was trending in South Africa on Thursday, the Zimbabwean nationals were joined by a number of South African citizens.

 Zimbabwe protests

Tania Pehl, News24

A Cape Town University student Qiniso Qiniso Van Damme told News24 that it was essential for Africans to unite during challenging times.

A video posted to Twitter showed a woman shouting: "We want to go back home."

"We want to go back home" so much pain in her voice ?? #Tajamuka #thisflag #PTA pic.twitter.com/7U1NzqIz0I

— Vuyiswa Matomane (@vuyimatomane) July 14, 2016

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports suggested that a similar call had been made in Canada. 

In a Facebook post, the organisers said they were planning to have a sit-in protest at the Vancouver Arts Gallery.  

The development came as the calls for a second round of shutdowns in Zimbabwe went unheeded on Wednesday and Thursday.

The southern African country has in recent weeks been hit by a wave of protests, as Zimbabweans demanded that the government act on the ongoing economic hardships. 

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  sa  |  zimbabwe protests  |  southern africa

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