JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's ruling party African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday expressed concern about the situation in Zimbabwe.
"We are concerned about what is happening in Zimbabwe as it is our neighbor... It has a direct impact on the economy of South Africa," said Lindiwe Zulu, ANC's chairperson of the subcommittee on international relation, said in a press briefing.
"It has an impact on South African business operating in Zimbabwe when they are not paid for the services they would have rendered," said Zulu.
"We have many Zimbabweans living in South Africa. ANC has been engaging Zimbabwe's ruling party Zanu P.F and we will continue to do so. The role of South Africa is not to take over processes but contribute towards creating peace and stability," Zulu said.
She called on Western countries to remove sanctions against Zimbabwe.
Last week, violence broke out in Zimbabwe during protests against an increase in fuel prices, resulting in lootings and casualties.
The ANC said they have been informed that the situation has improved and will continue to monitor it.