The escalating mass arrests, illegal detention and brutal treatment of activists organised
around socio-economic and political concerns are unacceptable. Forced disappearances and
repression against juveniles adds a dangerous and aggravating element to the escalating
Working in solidarity with organised Zimbabweans inside the country and in the diaspora
the ZSF has pledged its support to the emerging demands for far-reaching political and
economic reforms. We will be working with solidarity formations across the region to add
weight to the call for SADC leaders to intervene before the country descends into further
chaos and bloodshed.
The ZSF specifically calls on the heads of States of the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) to heed the sage advice of the respected group of Elders and urgently
apply pressure on Zimbabwe to implement the constitutional reforms that will support a
successful and inclusive transition in Zimbabwe and a return to stability and growth for the
country and the region.
The ZSF commends the bravery and resilience of the people of Zimbabwe, organising under
extremely difficult circumstances. This commitment attests to the reality that ultimately the
solutions to the complex challenges in Zimbabwe will be owned and driven by the people of
Zimbabwe. But people-to-people solidarity actions and the involvement of regional
leadership is needed now to contain and prevent excesses by the state and add impetus to the
calls for reform.
While we call on SADC and the African Union, to facilitate a transformative transition in
Zimbabwe, the ZSF will be working with its allies to build a collaborative solidarity
- A Regional Solidarity Summit on Zimbabwe will be held in Johannesburg, South
Africa. The Summit will give a comprehensive analysis of the Zimbabwe crisis, debate
the politics around transition; identify possible immediate scenarios and
developing strategies sustainable transformation.The&outcomes of the summit will
give guidance and energy to the broader regional solidarity action on Zimbabwe.