PRETORIA-- The South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) has expressed grave concern over the violence which broke out Wednesday in Harare where three people were killed in clashes with the security forces as they protested the outcome of results of Monday's harmonized elections.
Addressing DIRCO's monthly media briefing here Thursday, the Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, said the South African government could not, however, go into details of the elections until the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) had concluded its work.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and [the department] are very happy with the way the election started off. It was very peaceful and [Zimbabweans] were very happy. We are concerned about what happened yesterday (Wednesday) but we want to give the ZEC the space and respect that they deserve.
Sisulu said DIRCO believed the ZEC had handled the elections well. We would like them to wrap up. Tomorrow (Friday), President [Ramaphosa] will address you, either in the form of a press statement or through me or personally, on South African comment on the election, she said.
Meanwhile, in a matter relating to the diplomatic immunity the department had granted to former Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe, Sisulu said DIRCO would not appeal a high court ruling that declared it null and void.
Grace Mugabe was last year granted immunity after allegedly assaulting a woman in Johannesburg. The South Gauteng High Court this week ruled that the decision to grant the immunity was inconsistent with the Constitution and therefore irrational.
Our lawyers have studied the judgment and outcome of the case. We have decided, after lengthy legal advice between ourselves and other legal entities, that the department would carry the legal cost, as per the court ruling. We'll abide, she said.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would now handle the matter, Sisulu said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK