Pleasezim, Mbeki!

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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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