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EFF Zimbabwe questions ED legitimacy, calls for Beitbridge Border Shutdown

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Economic Freedom Fighters Zimbabwe (EFF Zimbabwe) a little known Zimbabwe political, a sister political movement to the Julius Malema-led EFF South Africa has questioned the legitimacy of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in leading the country through a horrible crisis, calls for the closure of Beitbridge Border Post until a National Transitional Authority is established.

The following is a statement issued by EFF Zimbabwe National Spokesperson Vimbai Mupunga.

On the 10th of August 2020, the EFF Zimbabwe Central Command Team met and passed a resolution to organize and hold a peaceful demonstration at the Beit Bridge Border Post. The resultant aim is to blockade the Beit Bridge Border Post and send a clear message to the inhumane and brutal regime in Zimbabwe that we cannot continue to watch and do nothing whilst our people are brutalized, starved- women sexually assaulted, political activists arrested and tortured for no reason other than exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression.

The wealth and the welfare of our people has been brazenly stolen by thieves in suits masquerading as legitimate representatives of the people yet they are a gang of thieves in a captured Zanu Pf party and government.

Consequently, the ordinary citizens of our great country, the poor, the old and the sick, the children and young people, parents, and basically the majority of our people now live in perpetual and humiliating poverty caused upon them by their own government.

We have listened to the distressing cries of our mothers and sisters who have been raped, our fathers and brothers who have been tortured, our grandparents who experience daily humiliation of failing to meet their private personal daily needs. We have resolved that our generation must act now to save Zimbabwe and her people. Our forefathers and our ancestors will punish us harshly if we do not carry out this generational mandate of freeing our people from this evil tyranny.
We demand that ;

1. The government stops arbitrary arrest of political activists immediately and release all detained political activists and journalists.

2. The government fight corruption by immediately arresting corrupt government officials and those
who looted public funds.

3. The government reverse immediately the US $3.5 billion decision to compensate white settlers for the land they stole from our forbearers. We reject compensation of beneficiaries of colonialism.

ULTIMATELY we demand that a National Transitional Authority be established forthwith to save the country from collapse. The National Transitional Authority must be drawn from political, civic organizations, and private sector from the length and breadth of our country. In all clarity, let us ensure it’s clear and emphatic that #ZanuPFMustGo!!!!!

We call upon all the political formations in Zimbabwe, big or small to set aside narrow party objectives and to come and stand with the people of Zimbabwe on the 31st of August.

We call upon all civic organizations and labor unions to stand with the majority of our people on the 31st of August.

We call upon the youths to save their country because the future of Zimbabwe lies in their hands.
We call upon those in the security services particularly the army and the police to pose and think about that mother or sister nursing the brutal injuries after being raped and beaten, we ask them to think about that child who is hungry, sick and scared because those in government do not care about their health and welfare.

EFF Zimbabwe will work with all democratic and progressive forces in Zimbabwe to peacefully bring TOTAL CHANGE to the lives of our people.

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Watch: South Africans give notice to foreigners to leave SA before June 16

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With no sign of economic hardships disappearing in Zimbabwe, those who have escaped to South Africa are living in fear as locals have threatened to chase them if they don’t leave on their own accord.

Warnings of an operation to get South Africa rid of foreign nationals on the 16th of June continue to circulate.

Recently, a video surfaced on social media showing the ogarnisers of the operation dubbed, OPERATION DUDULA serving seven day notices to some foreign nationals to vacate the country.

OPERATION DUDULA
WE WILL BE REMOVING ALL ILLEGAL FOREIGNERS BY FORCE!!!
SIDUDULA INSIDE SHOPS AND HAWKERS
IF YOU ARE OPERATING ILLEGALLY YOU BETTER PACK AND GO BEFORE 16 JUNE 2021!!!

– reads the notice.

While the poster specifies that illegal foreigners will be targeted it however does not state that documented ones will be spared.

Such attacks, as occurred before, ended up targeting all immigrants regardless of their status.

Dudula which means “push” brings horrific and sad memories of xenophobic attacks that happened in the country in 2015. Many people were killed, some burnt alive, while some were left homeless as their homes were destroyed.

Just like it happened before, the South African Police Services (SAPS) ignored warnings of imminent attacks on immigrants which then led to the bloodshed.

Similarly, at this point, the SAPS or any government have not said anything about the threats on foreign citizens in their country.

In one of the videos circulating online, the pro Dudula Operation people can be heard blaming the loadshedding on illegal connections supposedly done by foreign nationals.

Local truck drivers have been at loggerheads with their foreign counterparts accusing them of stealing their jobs and accepting low wages and inhuman working conditions.

The situation has left the Zimbabwean and other foreign drivers prone to abuse even when they are legally in the country.

Members of a local drivers organisation, well known for violent attacks on drivers and trucks, have been targeting foreign drivers sjamboking them while recording videos which are then spread online.

They do this to humiliate their victims and instill fear on their colleagues.

No reports of arrest of the perpetrators have been made yet.

For the Zimbabweans and other foreigners in the country, it remains to be seen if they will still call South Africa home after the June 16 2021.

The date concides with South Africa’s youth day when they commemorate the heroics of the youths of 1976 who were massacred by the army after revolting against apartheid.

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Fraudster arrested after swipping for $390 000 groceries

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A fraudster has been arrested after he swiped for groceries worth more than $398 000 at OK Supermarket in Hwange using a bank card that had been tampered with.

The man, Brian Pedzisa of Chitungwiza, was arrested on Thursday and is suspected to be among a gang of people who have been using cloned cards and other bank card related tactics to con various retail shops across the country.

Detectives on Thursday pounced on Pedzisa at the supermarket, moments after he was about to get out after swiping for groceries worth $396 384.

Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Inspector Glory Banda confirmed the incident and said police were now looking for two other people linked to the sca

“On 10 June 2021 a gang of three fraudsters tried to defraud OK Hwange Supermarket of groceries worth $396 384.

One of the fraudsters successfully used an electronic Visa card to make purchases but before he could make off he was arrested by a team of watchful detectives who were working on a tip-off. Upon being interviewed the suspect revealed that he was working with two other accomplices who are still at large,” said Insp Banda.

He said the gang had used the same strategy to defraud OK Mart Victoria Falls of an undisclosed amount in groceries. He appealed to members of the public to assist with information leading to their arrest.

“The two accomplices are on the run anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of these two criminals can report at the nearest police station,” said Insp Banda.

He called on shop owners to enhance security to avoid such incidents which were on the rise in the country.

“As police we would like to implore shop owners to enhance security at their premises through use of alarm systems and Closed Circuit Television. Retailers should examine electronic cards and do necessary verifications before processing of electronic transactions. For the record some fraudsters misrepresent themselves as humanitarian workers.”

According to sources privy to the incident, the gang would approach the supermarkets seeking a quotation for groceries pretending that the transaction wanted would be effected from a nostro account. Later one of the gang members would return to make purchases using a Visa card whose microchip would have been tampered with. Sunday News

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Gutu Inter-Africa bus and Honda Fit accident victims all from same family

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GUTU- Police has announced names of the Gutu accident victims who were involved in a Honda Fit – Bus collision along the Gutu- Chivhu Highway yesterday.

The five were killed when their vehicle collided head-on with an Inter-Africa Bus near Matizha Business Centre in Gutu.

National Police Spokesperson Insp Paul Nyathi announced the names of the deceased family members who were travelling from Harare as Francis Chagweda (33)the driver, Mavis Chagweda (61), Lloyd Chagweda (31), Viola Chagweda (35) and Keresensia Mapaaona (28).

According to a family member, Oscar Chagweda the now deceased were travelling to Chiwara in Gutu for a family function when the tragedy happened.

An eyewitness told I ZIM that the accident occured after the Inter-Africa bus tried to overtake another bus. “It then encroached onto the lane of the oncoming Honda fit which swerved to avoid collision,” said the witness.

The Honda fit reportedly swerved off the road but the bus did the same resulting in the head on collision.

Only one person from the car survived the horific accident and was taken to Matizha clinic before she was transferred to Gutu Rural Hospital for treatment.

During the covid-19 induced Lockdown, government banned private kombis allowing only those registered under ZUPCO to operate resulting in little non-commercial vehicles overloading passengers.

Yesterday, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga who doubles as the Health and Child Care Minister announced another Covid -19 regulations which gave a waiver to public transport operators.

However, the transport sector is also now dominated by “mushikashika” vehicles some of which include Toyota Wish and Honda fit vehicles who have the capacity to carry 4 or 5 passengers , however some of these vehicles end up carrying as many as nine passengers.

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