ZANU PF has been throwing tantrums against the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa over the last two weeks and that peevishness clearly exposes fright on their part.
Spin-doctors in the governing party have been burning the midnight oil of late to wish away the narrative of a country in crisis, but the tough stance by the ANC has left them unreasonably angry and afraid, typical of the guilty.
The camaraderie with the ANC has been put to test and Zanu PF thinks the South African ruling party can be blackmailed into lying about the Zimbabwean situation.
Where there is a crisis that is manifesting in the economy, in political fights and in the health sector, Zanu PF wants the ANC to see no evil and remain docile under the guise of “quiet diplomacy.”
South Africa has refused to be bullied and the bravado it has shown has seen Zanu PF officials quaking in their boots.
The question now is why Zanu PF is afraid to the extent of having its spin-doctors fuming and frothing at the mention of the ANC intervention in the glaring Zimbabwean crisis?
South Africa is bearing the brunt of the Zimbabwean crisis as it plays host to more than three million political and economic refugees.
It should have a say in addressing the challenges in Zimbabwe that are also humanitarian in nature.
There is a health crisis in the country, human rights are being violated at will and opposing voices are being violently silenced by way of abductions and torture.
Government’s tone on those extending a helping hand to deal with the predicament has not been helpful but dangerously arrogant.
South Africa may not be a big brother, but why is Zanu PF angry over her concern of the evil next door?
It would be an act of complicit for South Africa to let Zimbabweans stew in poverty, political torture, arbitrary arrests, food crisis and a host of other problems while their brothers and sisters in the ANC take sides with Zanu PF.