J31M, EFF to shut Beitbridge Border post on 31 August

EFF Commander-In-Chief Julius Malema


The 31st Zimbabwe Movement and the Zimbabwe Economic Freedom Fighters (ZEFF) shall be staging a five day blockade of Beitbridge Border Post in protest to the escalating human rights violations in Zimbabwe.

ZEFF has approached its opposition counterparts in South Africa for logistical support.

The 31st July Movement (J31M), a Zimbabwe citizen driven pressure group will bus protesters from both sides of Limpopo and the majority are expected to come from Johannesburg.

J31M spokesman, Job Sikhala is billed to address the protesters from his place of hiding. EFF leader Julius Malema is expected to grace the occassion.

“I will do a virtual address of the crowds, just like I am doing to other Zimbabweans in different parts from the world,” said Sikhala in an interview with Zimbabwe Observer, last night

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has already offered support to the planned demonstrations, saying his party will participate.

The ZEFF wrote to EFF requesting political and logistical support to ensure the success of the protest.

“The objective of the protest is to shut down the Beitbridge Border Post to put immense pressure on the government of Zimbabwe,” a letter addressed to EFF secretary-general Siphosenkosi Matshokomola Bhalule, read.

“We extend a friendly invitation to EFF South Africa to request for your political support as well as logistical support to help us with organising this demonstration. Specifically, we respectfully request your support in the following areas

“We recognise that EFF South Africa has experience in organising successful protests, we, therefore, request support and advice as we embark on our planned protest.”

This comes as President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been put under international spotlight over recent abductions, torture and arrest of opposition and civic rights activists.

Government and the ruling Zanu PF party have, however, insisted that there was no crisis in the country even after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa dispatched envoys Baleka Mbete, Sydney Mufamadi and advocate Ngoako Abel Ramatlhodi to Zimbabwe last week.

The government has also angrily hit out at critics, accusing them of being sponsored by the West in a regime change agenda plot.

–Zimbabwe Observer & News Day


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