The ANC delegation to Zimbabwe for talks with the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party on the crisis in that country arrived in Harare on Tuesday night with a South African Air Force plane.
A photo of the plane appeared on the website of the state-run Zimbabwean newspaper, The Herald .
The ANC delegation is led by Ace Magashule, secretary general of the ANC.
According to The Herald , the ANC delegation, in addition to Magashule, also includes Gwede Mantashe, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Tony Yengeni, Lindiwe Zulu, Enoch Godongwana, Nomvula Mokonyane, a former minister and member of the NEC, and Dakota Lekgoete, A NEC member.
Their visit follows after Ramaphosa recently sent three special envoys, former minister Sydney Mufamadi, Baleka Mbete, former speaker of the National Assembly, and former minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, to Zimbabwe to meet with the government of Pres. To meet Emmerson Mnangagwa.
They will later return to Harare on behalf of Ramaphosa to meet with other role players, including opposition parties.
Zanu-PF said in a statement on Tuesday that it would tell the ANC delegation that there was no crisis in Zimbabwe. This is the same message that Mnangagwa conveyed to Ramaphosa’s envoys earlier.
He blamed “dark forces” inside and outside the country for the country’s problems.
There have been recent protests against the government which, according to opposition parties and other interest groups, have been violently suppressed by the Zimbabwean army and police.