South African Dock Workers Save Thousands in Zimbabwe

As reported earlier this morning…
The Chinese sent a shipload of arms to the Mugabe regime this week including mortars, more than 3000 mortar bombs and 1500 rocket-propelled grenades.

A Chinese ship carrying arms for the Mugabe regime docked in South Africa this week.
The Times reported:

An uncleared ship – suspected of carrying arms rumoured to be delivered to Zimbabwe – has docked at the Durban harbour, the National Ports authority said today.

Spokesman Ricky Bhikraj said the Chinese vessel had entered the port without clearance and had currently docked at the outer anchorage.

The ship — called ’An Yue Jiang’ is suspected of carrying a consignment of arms allegedly headed for Zimbabwe.

The South African Mbeki Government who is accused of being impartial mediators in the election talks said that they would not interfere with a shipment of weapons when asked about this situation.

But thank goodness for union workers…
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union announced today that they would not unload the ship’s cargo.
News 24 reported:

Durban – Opposition to a shipment of arms being offloaded in Durban and transported to Zimbabwe increased on Thursday when South Africa’s biggest transport workers’ union announced that its members would not unload the ship.

SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) general secretary Randall Howard said: “Satawu does not agree with the position of the South African government not to intervene with this shipment of weapons.

“Our members employed at Durban container terminal will not unload this cargo neither will any of our members in the truck-driving sector move this cargo by road.”

He said the ship, the An Yue Jiang, should not dock in Durban and should return to China.

“South Africa cannot be seen to be facilitating the flow of weapons into Zimbabwe at a time where there is a political dispute and a volatile situation between the Zanu-PF and the MDC.”

“The view of our members is that nobody should ask us to unload these weapons,” he said.

Hat Tip to F. Jacot-Guillarmod

Previously:
Chinese Ship Sending Arms to Zimbabwe Docks in South Africa

UPDATE: News 24 has the latest on the Chinese arms being shipped to the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe. An urgent application is being brought in a high court in South Africa to prohibit the offloading of the consignment.
Hat Tip F. Jacot-Guillarmod

UPDATE 2: (Saturday) The New York Times is reporting on this tragic story.

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