April 17, 2008 Edition 2
Graeme Hosken and Sapa
Scores of Zimbabweans marched on the high commission in Pretoria yesterday to "install a new high commissioner".
The march in Arcadia came as a Chinese vessel carrying a large consignment of small arms prepared to dock in the Durban harbour.
The ship, the An Yue Jiang, is carrying a consignment of arms headed for Zimbabwe.
Leading the protest, Zimbabwe Diaspora Forum chairman Sox Chikohwero said they were calling on President Robert Mugabe to step down.
"The people of Zimbabwe have spoken. They want a new government. The people must be heard. Mugabe must go.
"We are here to claim what is rightfully ours; and that is our home, Zimbabwe. We are tired of dictators.
"We want the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in power. They are democratically elected and must represent us," he said.
Introducing the "newly appointed high commissioner", Joyce Dube, Chikohwero said she was the person the people of Zimbabwe wanted to represent them..
"This is our chosen voice. She has our interests at heart," he said.
Dube said she wanted to ensure that Zimbabweans were looked after and that they enjoyed the same rights they enjoyed at home.
"I will not allow our people to be abused and misused. The people here are only concerned about themselves," she said.
Zimbabwe Revolutionary Youth Movement secretary-general John Chikwari said they were there to reclaim what was theirs.
"We want our embassy back. The ambassador here is no longer our ambassador as Mugabe is no longer our president."
He said if necessary they would take up arms against the current government. "If they do not listen to us we will fight them."
MDC chairman in South Africa Malcolm Mutandiro called on President Thabo Mbeki to stop supporting dictators, and to stop acting like one himself.
"Is he blind? How can he not see the crisis in Zimbabwe? Mbeki needs a reality check. He needs to realise what is happening on his own doorstep.
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