South Africa and Zimbabwe, two neighboring countries, are both facing challenges as their presidents respond.
In Zimbabwe, protests last month sparked by fuel price increases resulted in a crackdown by security forces. At least 17 civilians were killed and hundreds injured.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the protests were an attempt at what he said was “regime change” helped by outside forces. He recently met with leaders of political parties and he’s calling for dialogue to move his country forward.
Meanwhile, in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa marks one year in office this month since being sworn in as president following the resignation of Jacob Zuma. Since then, Ramaphosa has been battling issues such as high unemployment, corruption and land reform.
- Lloyd Msipa is the founder of the Africa Public Policy Research Institute.
- Angelo Coppola is a CGTN correspondent.
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