THE DEAFENING SILENCE from President Thabo Mbeki and other highly placed ANC Government officials concerning Zimbabwe while President Robert Mugabe and his government increasingly resort to violence to suppress their opposition’s growing impatience attracted pages of criticism in South African and foreign newspapers. The general feeling is that South Africa can no longer stand by idle. VOLKSBLAD reported that the SA Government is becoming increasingly out of touch regarding its treatment of the Zimbabwe crisis and its credibility as a supporter of human rights is suffering as a result. Rapport said that Mbeki should take note of Zambia President Levy Mwanawasa’s statement that quiet diplomacy hadn’t worked. Beeld reported that SA must help to get rid of Mugabe and to establish a new government.
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