by TINTSWALO BALOYI
PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – PROMINENT South African church leader Paseka Motsoeneng, threatened to confront the United States embassy to formally protest illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.
His plan came as South Africans maintained solidarity with their Zimbabwean counterparts over the restrictions slapped on the neighbouring country at the turn of the millennium.
Pastor Mbhoro, as Motsoeneng is popularly known, was among the most vocal against the sanctions.
“Remove the sanctions against Zimbabwe,” he made the demand in a media alert.
His Incredible Happenings Ministry church has a large following among African nationals, whose countries on Friday condemned the sanctions.
Motsoeneng has previously showed solidarity with fellow Africans during the violent protests against foreigners that rocked South Africa a few weeks ago.
A coalition of Southern African Development Community (SADC) organisations on Friday staged protests against the decision by the United States and its Western allies to illegally impose sanctions.
“As Africans, we have now clearly seen Americans and its European Union (EU) allies as the greatest liability obstructing development in growing economies owing to their bone marrow racism driven by both hegemonic and greedy,” one protester, Themba Msomi, told CAJ News.
Neville Mthembu from Katlehong also called for the removal of sanctions.
He accused the US of double standards.
“The US preaches democracy and rule of law yet they are the chief violators of global peace and security based on the greedy interests,” Mthembu said.
He suggested radical action.
“It is time for Africa and the entire world to expel all US embassies in developing countries,” Mthembu said.
He accused opposition parties in the continent of complicity in the effecting of sanctions against their own countries.
In Zimbabwe, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) allegedly called for these impositions.
“The opposition accuses the government of failing to provide service delivery yet EU and US sanctions are thwarting development,” said Nyarai Dzoro, a Zimbabwean national living in South Africa.
– CAJ News