South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dr Sydney Mufamadi and former speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete as his special envoys to Zimbabwe, following reports of a human rights crisis in that country.

“The special envoys are expected to engage the government of Zimbabwe and relevant stakeholders to identify possible ways in which South Africa can assist Zimbabwe,” the presidency said.

Report earlier indicated that the government of Zimbabwe has scoffed at “false allegations” of human rights abuses and a crisis in the country as the #ZimbabweanLivesMatter campaign gains momentum on social media platforms, including Twitter.

Zimbabwe’s permanent secretary in the Information Ministry, Nick Mangwana, said the widespread allegations were being peddled by known political activists, misinformed individuals and global actors, the report said.

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