13 August, 2020
The President of the Republic of South Africa
Dear President Ramaphosa,
CRISIS IN ZIMBABWE AND THE MTHWAKAZI QUESTION
Your Excellency, I once again find myself compelled to write to you about the
never ending political crisis in Zimbabwe which, for the people of Mthwakazi, is always a double whammy. For current purposes, I am addressing you in your
capacity as Chairperson of both the African Union (AU) and the Southern African
Development Community (SADC).
Your Excellency, the human rights situation in Zimbabwe has continued to
deteriorate. The Zimbabwean government has continued to torture citizens, carry out arbitrary arrests and selective prosecution of those it deems hostile to it,
among other many human rights violations. All these actions are a clear violation of the relevant AU and SADC legal instruments that seek to protect and promote
Your Excellency, you may recall that over a year ago, in January 2019 to be
precise, I wrote you two letters, on the 18th and 24th January respectively, about
the plight of our people under the ZANU-PF genocidal rule in that country.
Unfortunately, I was not favoured with any response from Your Excellency. It is
very important for Your Excellency to recognise that whilst the crisis in Zimbabwe affects everyone in Zimbabwe; for the people of Mthwakazi, it has been a struggle within a struggle for human rights, liberty, freedom and justice for the past 40
years since 1980.
Throughout these 40 years, not only have our people, the people of Mthwakazi,
been subjected to brutal human rights violations but they have also been
subjected to an ethnic apartheid system that has denied all of them equal access
to and participation in the social, economic, political, cultural, education, health
and all other human development opportunities.
This has gone for far too long that for the people of Mthwakazi, the only viable
option for them is to exit Zimbabwe and found a new state of the Federal
Republic of Mthwakazi, as the only way that can guarantee their human rights,
freedoms and development.
As the people of Mthwakazi, we intend to separate from Zimbabwe as peacefully and legally as possible. Accordingly, we will expect the people of Zimbabwe, and
the entire world to respect the will and the decision of the people of Mthwakazi
to exercise their right to self-determination without any hindrance. Furthermore, despite having suffered genocide and ethnic cleansing while the whole world
turned a blind eye, resulting in the loss of thousands of innocent lives, the people of Mthwakazi intend to treat those of Zimbabwe as good neighbours and
accordingly render them any assistance they may desire to achieve their dignity
and economic prosperity within the universally accepted democratic principles of human rights, liberty, freedom, justice and the rule of law.
Dr. Churchill Mpiyesizwe Guduza MLF President
- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (Moussa Faki Mahamat), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Executive Secretary of SADC (Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax), email: email@example.com
- The United Nations Secretary General (Antonio Guterres), c/o the United
Nations Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe (Ms. Maria do Valle Ribeiro), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The President of the official opposition in Zimbabwe (The MDC – Alliance), Mr. Nelson Chamisa, email: email@example.com