- Apr 6, 2017
Read on --> https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/economy/wef2019-sa-support-for-zim-limited-by-what-it-can-afford-18907029DAVOS-KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND - South Africa will support Zimbabwe in whatever way it can but within the framework of what it is able to provide.
This is according to International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu who was speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos in Switzerland on Tuesday.
Asked about the volatile situation in Zimbabwe, Sisulu said South Africa was keeping communication channels open with its southern African neighbour.
"We think that Zimbabwe is in an unfortunate position where large sections of the people are unhappy and expressing their unhappiness very publicly in the streets," she said.
"We would like to give whatever support we can to the government of Zimbabwe to make sure they can provide stability and calm the public in the most peaceful way possible.
"We are also prepared to support them in whatever way we can. I'm not sure if it will be financially, or whatever kind of aid we can provide. Our support will, of course, depend on our ability to provide them with whatever kind of support ...it will not necessarily be what they need but what we can afford."
South Africa reportedly turned down a request from Zimbabwe for a $1.2 billion (about R16.6 billion) loan in December.