Zimbabweans March Outside Cape Town Hospital, Demand Deportation of VP

Zimbabwe's VP Constantino Chiwenga (File Photo).

Cape Town: Zimbabweans living in Cape Town together with members of the Economic Freedom Fighters have ratcheted up pressure on South African government to deport Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, who is reportedly admitted at Groote Schuur Hospital.

The protesters gathered at Groote Schuur Hospital, demanding that Chiwenga be sent back to Zimbabwe to seek medical treatment at the country’s health institutions.

Wielding placards and replicas of the Zimbabwean flag, the diasporans spent the day camped outside the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, protesting against Chiwenga’s presence in the country.

South Africa’s Department of Health in Western Cape confirmed the protests, but denied reports that the troubled Zimbabwean leader was admitted at the health institution.

 “The Department of Health is aware that a group of Zimbabwean citizens have gathered at Groote Schuur Hospital to protest against the alleged treatment of Zimbabwean Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga at our health facility. In honour of our commitment to patient confidentiality, we cannot discuss patient details, however, we can confirm that he was not or currently is an inpatient at the hospital,” the institution’s spokesperson Alaric Jacobs said in a statement yesterday.