Zimbabwe is in a state of turmoil. This follows protests raging through the country over the soaring petrol prices.
The matter is of such magnitude, a government-appointed human rights group in Zimbabwe is accusing soldiers of systematic torture to bring the protests to a grinding halt.
When questioned on accusations of brute force, a government spokesperson defended the soldiers. Telling the BBC, a bit of firmness is needed when things get out of hand.
On Tuesday, January 15, soldiers were apparently seen assaulting a group of minibus drivers. Andrew Harding of the BBC spoke to a man in Harare, who claimed he and approximately 30 others were beaten by soldiers for more than two hours.
Since the eruption of the protests, allegedly 12 people have been killed and several others injured.
With the world waiting with bated breath for things to simmer down, Internet and social media access was cut. Stopping Zimbabweans from sharing information on what is happening with the outside world.
Zimbabwe’s High Court fought against this, ordering the government to restore full internet to the country. The court states the government’s shutdown of the internet was illegal because the Minister of State for Security, who ordered the internet closure, does not have powers to issue such a directive.
Apparently, only President Emmerson Mnangagwa has the authority to make such an order. While partial internet has been restored, social media is still banned.
President Mnangagwa was in Russia, seeking investments, but needed to return with the escalating violence and protests.
With our neighbouring country facing unrest, the Newcastillian asked residents what their thoughts on the situation were. This is what they have to say:
“We as South Africans need to be worried about what is going on. Things in Zimbabwe have reached a level, where Zimbabweans are actually thinking Mugabe isn’t as bad as the current president.”
“The situation is very sad. We can only pray for the country and pray that everyone’s eyes are open.”
“I think the situation is very sad. People are already finding their daily lives hard and now this happens.”
“I think it is rather unbelievable. I feel bad for the Zimbabweans. We actually live comfortable lives compared to them.”
“The situation needs to be resolved. The Zimbabwean government needs to sit down with the people, hear what is needed to fix the country and then focus on that. Areas the government can focus on is job creation and actually start planting.”
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