South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks on the need to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe, at an International Labour Organisation meeting in Switzerland [22.01.19]

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe.

President Ramaphosa was speaking at an International Labour Organisation (ILO) meeting in Switzerland this morning ahead of the World Economic Forum.

“Zimbabwe has emerged from a very difficult political situation and they held recent elections which went well. But they still have sanctions that many countries around the world have imposed on them.

“We are some of those who have been calling on the world to relax the sanctions or lift the sanctions altogether so that Zimbabwe can begin to operate in an economic manner with the capabilities that it has…,” he said.

He noted that Zimbabwe is facing economic challenges which the world can assist in addressing if the sanctions are lifted.

Mr Ramaphosa says while South Africa is in negotiations with the Zimbabwe government to find solutions to its challenges, the world must help the situation by lifting sanctions placed on the country.

“….but the world that has imposed sanctions against Zimbabwe would even be more helpful if those sanctions were to be lifted because then Zimbabwe’s economy can then begin to recover…,” he said.

President Ramaphosa said it is no longer necessary to have sanctions against Zimbabwe as the country has embarked on a path of democracy and on a path of real recovery.