Local media in South Africa have reported that Mmusi Maimane who is Democratic Alliance (DA) leader left South Africa for Zambia on Thursday to attend the treason trial of Hakainde Hichilema, the detained President of Zambia’s largest opposition party – the United Party for National Development (UPND).
Upon arrival in Lusaka with other officials from Republic of South Africa, Maimane was told not to enter Zambia by immigration officials.
The media added that Maimane will be deported back to South Africa.
The treason trial will be held on Friday at the Magistrate Court Complex, Hibiscus Road, Lusaka, Zambia.
Before leaving South Africa Maimane released a statement.
The statement reads in part, “as we celebrate Africa Day, the leader of the opposition in Zambia faces trumped up criminal charges brought against him by a government intent on reversing the gains of democracy in Zambia and in Southern Africa”.