SADC tasks Mbeki to solve Zim cri­sis

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WHAT HAP­PENED IN A SPE­CIAL SUM­MIT of the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC), African lead­ers put South African Pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki in charge of de­fus­ing the deep­en­ing po­lit­i­cal cri­sis in Zim­babwe. SADC urged the West to drop sanc­tions and called on Bri­tain to “hon­our its com­mit­ments” to fund land re­forms in Zim­babwe.

WHAT OTH­ERS SAID BUSI­NESS DAY com­mented: “What­ever Mbeki sees fit to do to suc­cess­fully com­plete his man­date, his task is made un­en­vi­able by the fact that he will prob­a­bly have to give up be­ing diplo­mat­i­cally gen­tle.” A colum­nist in The Cit­i­zen wrote: “What Africans – and es­pe­cially Zim­bab­weans – have to do now is as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity for the cri­sis them­selves and find their own so­lu­tions to it.”

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