[LISTEN] Dirco explains SA stance on Zimbabwe and the DRC

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) says it has noted protest action in Zimbabwe and is monitoring the situation.

At least six people have been killed and scores wounded in violent protests over massive fuel price hikes and economic instability.

READ: Emmerson Mnangagwa 'eats cake' in Russia while Zimbabwe burns

Spokesperson for the Department of International Relations, Ndivhuwo Mabaya says it has expressed its concerns over the security forces who have responded with live ammunition, rubber bullets, and teargas in some instances.

Our diplomats are engaging with the government of Zimbabwe. As I speak to you now, the High Commissioner there has been in meetings since this morning and we have been conveying three important issues - one is how can we assist to address the main cause of the protests which is the issue of fuel...secondly we have been expressing our concern about the response of the law enforcement officers.

Ndivhuwo Mabaya, Spokesperson for the Department of International Relations

The heart of the problem here is the price of fuel and we are working with the Zimbabwean government. We believe that once that is addressed, a number of other activities that are taking place will then be addressed.

Ndivhuwo Mabaya, Spokesperson for the Department of International Relations

Meanwhile, African heads of state are in Ethiopia disucssing the Democratic of Congo's disputed elections.

READ: Was the DRC election result rigged? Fayulu seems to think so, he could be right

Mabaya says the matter of the elections is before the country's constitutional court.

Despite all the information being spread, the people of the DRC have confidence in their electoral process, they are waiting for the outcome of the constitutional court and I think that is what all of us must do - it is to encourage everybody to follow the rules and electoral process.

Ndivhuwo Mabaya, Spokesperson for the Department of International Relations

Mbaya says the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will release a statement soon.

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