Secondly, no one from Zimbabwe would listen to DA because they represented apartheid regime,” Zunga argued. Recently, the opposition leader visited the Beitbridge Border where he claimed more than 130 000 Zimbabwean nationals fled the crackdown against protesters, to South Africa.
Nyevero Zveushe, a Zimbabwean migrant who survived xenophobic attacks in 2016, said foreign nationals in Johannesburg lived in fear because the mayor always preached hate language against foreigners. “The most unfortunate part of Maimane’s visit to Zimbabwe would be viewed as grandstanding considering in previous xenophobic attacks against foreigners, not even a single official from DA ever condemned human life loss, including property and displacement of thousands of foreigners,” said Zveushe.
Nkechi Okonkwo, a Nigeria national living in Rosettenville, Johannesburg, who was a victim of the 2016 xenophobic attacks, expressed doubt the international community, particularly the African Union (AU) and entire Southern African Development Community (SADC) would entertain requests by the DA. “The only opposition across borders that would draw African attention is the EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) because what they stand for resonates well with majority blacks, which is economic freedom and equal opportunities to both blacks and whites,” Okonkwo said.
The DA’s neutrality on Zimbabwe has also come under question owing to its bias in favour of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance.