The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, a non-governmental organization, is bringing its Rock the Vote campaign to South Africa to encourage Zimbabwe expatriates living there to go home and vote in national elections to be held on March 29.
An estimated 2 million Zimbabweans have moved to South Africa in search of political asylum or economic survival. The Harare government of President Robert Mugabe has refused to allow Zimbabwean expatriates to vote, however.
The Crisis Coalition has organized a pro-voting concert Sunday in Joubert Park, Johannesburg, which will feature such well-known Zimbabwean musicians as Sam Mtukudzi, Sandra Ndebele and Willom Tight.
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Program Officer Nixon Nyikadzano told reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the organization hopes the free concert will become a platform for engagement to bring about change in Zimbabwe.
It is to be the final concert in a tour that has reached most parts of Zimbabwe.