Maimane urges Zuma to address Zambia’s politics with Lungu

The DA’s Mmusi Maimane says President Zuma to use his visit to Zambia denounce the inhumane treatment faced by political prisoners.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane (C). Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says President Jacob Zuma should use his visit to Zambia to call on the country's president to release political prisoners.

President Zuma is currently on a working visit to the country where he's opening the 91st Agricultural and Commercial Show in the capital Lusaka at the invitation of President Edgar Lungu.

Earlier Zuma visited former President Kenneth Kaunda who was recently discharged from hospital.

Maimane says the South African president should denounce the inhumane treatment faced by political prisoners including opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.

Maimane’s acting spokesperson Graham Charters.

“Mr Hichilema was imprisoned over a hundred days ago over trumped up charges of treason, and we believe that these are politically motivated and are anti-democratic moves by the current president. President Jacob Zuma is obliged, as South Africa’s [president] and a leader on the continent and promote human rights and democracy, to use this opportunity to call for his release so that democracy can continue in Zambia.”