Ramaphosa advocates Zim government and calls sanctions "unfair"

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HARARE, Zimbabwe – President Cyril Ramaphosa has said he supports the government of Zimbabwe and ignores reports of human rights violations in order to quell persistent disagreements in the neighboring country.

On a visit to Zimbabwe on Tuesday, Ramaphosa endorsed President Emmerson Mnangagwa, reiterated the call to end Western sanctions, and called on the international community to support the once prosperous country.

He described the sanctions against Mnangagwa and dozens of other Zimbabwean high-ranking officials as "unfair" and "unfair".

He said South Africa would support Zimbabwe's economic recovery "within our means", but no concrete commitment made,

Ramaphosa's comments came when Human Rights Watch issued a report urging him and other South African leaders to urge the Zimbabwean president to "put an end to the abuses of the security forces."