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What Did South African Generals Say About Zimbabwe?

The flow of refugees from Zimbabwe into South Africa continues creating enormous problems for a country which already has a large base of unemployed workers. One could think it advisable for the government of South Africa to assist efforts at restoring peace and sanity to the nation of Zimbabwe, but President Zuma thinks differently. NGOs are requesting that he release a report written by South African generals who were sent to Zimbabwe by former President Mbeki to investigate the situation. It is believed they were highly critical of the performance of President Mugabe, an old buddy of Mbeki. President Zuma insists the generals never sent a report to Mbeki.

There is something rather amiss in the state of South Africa if one is to believe six generals were sent to another nation to investigate violence and they never submitted a written evaluation as to what was seen. As one NGO noted: “to suggest that this amount of money could be spent and the admitted investigation conducted merely for a once-off oral briefing to be made to the president–beggars belief!”

What was reported and what were their recommendations? The people of South Africa are entitled to know–so are the oppressed people of Zimbabwe.

Zuma In South Africa May Defy Mugabe

Newly elected president Jacob Zuma in South Africa is not like his detested opponent, Thabo Mbeki who refused to take any action against his old friend, Robert Mugabe, and thus helped create the present chaos in Zimbabwe. Zuma is an activist who regards himself as a leader in Africa and will not allow Mugabe to create conditions which have led to three million Zimbabweans fleeing to South Africa as refugees. Zuma recognizes that his nation played a key role in creating the current power-sharing arrangement in Zimbabwe and unless he supports opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, the ensuing chaos of a Mugabe run country would send even millions more headed toward South Africa.

Thabo Mbeki knew the revolutionary leader Robert Mugabe from the old days of conflict and he could never grasp that allowing Zimbabwe to slip into chaos created turmoil for his own nation as millions crossed the border in search of refuge. Hopefully, Jacob Zuma will work with fellow African leaders to ensure there is stable and honest government in Zimbabwe.

Mbeki Reveals Friendship With Mugabe IS The Issue!

Robert Mugabe has run Zimbabwe for over thirty years during which time this once prosperous nation has been transformed into failed economy and over three million forced to flee the country in order to avoid starvation. Morgan Tsvangirai of the Democratic Movement for Change(DMC) won the first election for president but Mugabe refused to recognize the election. Since then DMC workers have been beaten, tortured and killed, but the so-called “mediator,” Thabo Mbeki, believes all problems in the nation are the result of Tsvangirai refusing to cooperate with a dictator and bully. The agreement called for a coalition government in which Tsvangirai would have real power, but Mugabe refuses to hand over any power. His close friend, Mbeki, believes whatever deal old Robert does must be correct and in a recent letter to the Star of South Africa he blasted Tsvangirai.

Where are the Mbeki letters to the Star about the torture and killing of MDC leaders? Where are the letters to the Star about millions on the verge of starvation due to Mugabe policies? Mbeki has voided his role as a “mediator” because he refuses to examine issues in an impartial manner. Mbeki has been rejected by South Africans and now is rejected by any decent human being on planet Earth.

Can South Africa Be A Moral Leader?

The election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa meant more than a former rebel becoming head of the nation which had persecuted him, it represented the triumph of individuals who believed that democracy had a role in the lives of all humanity. Former president Thabo Mbeki of South Africa violated the principles that Mandela represented by refusing to take action against his friend, Robert Mugabe, despite that Zimbabwean ruler’s disregard of human rights in his nation. Now, Kgalema Motlanthe heads South Africa and there is yet any evidence he will stand with the people of Zimbabwe to resists oppression. Members of the Zimbabwean Liberation Veterans Forum which consists of those who fought against colonialism urged Motlanthe to take action and assist the suffering people of Zimbabwe.

“we as liberation fighters and senior commanders feel the ideals we fought for have been betrayed by people like Robert Mugabe. We had hoped our colleagues who fought for liberation in South Africa, Nambia and Mozambique, would hold Mugabe to account.” Despite this statement by those who fought, the response has been silence on the part of other African leaders. All they can do is hold meetings and conduct discussions. Mugabe will only respond to force.

Ongoing Tragedy Of Zimbabwe Grows Worse

Former President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa who arranged a power-sharing agreement between Robert Mugabe and the opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is becoming concerned that his efforts have collapsed in failure. President Mugabe is not budging in his desire to control all major ministries in the Cabinet and allow his opponents some minor posts even though the agreement called for equality of power in government. Tsvangirai, said after four days of discussions,” we have failed to agree on… the equitable allocation of ministerial posts and the composition of the Cabinet.”

The bottom line for Mugabe is that his cronies in crime fear having Tsvangirai appoint honest people to important government posts where they would investigate crime and corruption. Mugabe is fighting a rear guard action that will prove disastrous to the people of Zimbabwe. Unless, Mugabe agrees to real power-sharing, the outside world will call off all aid.

Mbeki Backed As Zimbabwe Mediator

South Africa’s new president made clear the desire of his country that former President Mbeki continue in his role as mediator for the conflict in Zimbabwe. President Kgalema Motlanthe made clear “our government has full confidence in Mr. Mbeki’s ability to build on the historic successes already made in the power-sharing negotiations under his mediation.” The situation in Zimbabwe has become critical because President Mugabe is using the departure of Mbeki from the presidency as an excuse to stall, if not kill, the power-sharing agreement. Mugabe, as always, prefers to create a stalemate in order to claim he really is trying. The only thing Mugabe is trying is how to get out of sharing any power with his rival, Morgan Tsvangirai.

It will take more than Mbeki to get the power-sharing agreement to be accepted and implemented. Other African nations must express their anger at the stall tactics of Mugabe.

Mugabe Digs In To Retain Zimbabwe Power

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has been fighting a rear guard battle to retain power in his nation even though most people in the country want a shift in leadership. The recent resignation of President Mbeki in South Africa who was serving in the role of mediator has been seized by Mugabe to back away from an agreement to share power with his rival, Morgan Tsvanagirai of the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC). The head of Mugabe’s political party, Zanu-PF, rejected an offer from Mbeki to continue in his role as mediator. It is now clear Mugabe’s interpretation of “power sharing” is that he retains control over the police, army, state security and the economy while Tsvangirai can be handed over unimportant tasks to keep him away from the needed task of reorganizing the nation’s economy in order to avoid mass starvation.’

“Anyone who says there is a deadlock is being mischievous,” said Zanu PF spokesperson, Patrick Chinamasa, “there is a commitment on all of us to make things work.” Unless outside force is exerted upon Mugabe the only power sharing he will commit to is for Tsvangirai to be given unimportant roles while the president and his clique continue to rob the nation blind and allow millions to starve.

What About Zimbabwe In South African Crisis?

The turmoil which has overwhelmed South African politics and resulted in the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki has created a new problem– what will happen to the tenuous situation in Zimbabwe. After months of ignoring the crisis in Zimbabwe and allowing his friend, Robert Mugabe, to terrorize the nation, Mbeki finally displayed some concern for the average Zimbabwean and helped negotiate a compromise sharing of power between Mugabe and his opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC). Mbeki persuaded both sides to agree on power sharing but failed to have spelled out exactly which Cabinet positions were allocated between the two groups. The result is confusion and an apparent attempt by Mugabe to use the resignation of Mbeki as a means to refuse giving any significant positions of influence in the Cabinet to the MDC.

Hopefully, the Southern African Development Community which designated Mbeki to serve as mediator will now play an important role to ensure the compromise is carried out by Mugabe. The African National Congress which forced the resignation of Mbeki has asked him to continue serving as a mediator.

South Africa Divided At A Moment Unity Needed

South Africa has made tremendous strides over the past two decades in confronting its ethnic and racal divisions, but recent events surrounding the forced resignation of President Thabo Mbeki raise new questions concerning the nation’s future. The resignation of Mbeki undoubtedly spared the nation a divisive and bitter conflict over the presidency, but it also revealed a deep seated rift between Zulu and Xhosa leaders. Nelson Mandela is a Xhosa Chief as it Mbeki, but Jacob Zuma, his rival for power, represents Zulu interests. Zuma has been known to promise his supporters that if elected, he will “cleanse the ANC(African National Congress) of Xhosas.” Mbeki is gone in a cloud of confusion as to whether or not he ever played a role in trying to bring down Zuma by instituting charges of corruption against his foe.

South Africa is usually described as a nation that still has deep seated conflicts between the white economic rulers of the country and its black majority. However, the Zuma-Mbeki reveals the existence of an equally divisive ethnic rivalry among black leaders. Will the end result be emergence of a new Xhosa-white coalition to confront Zulu leaders? The last thing South Africa needs is for the Xhosa-Zulu rivalry to lead to a black-white conflict.

South African President Mbeki Agrees To Resign

The African National Congress(ANC) in South Africa decides who will lead their nation by becoming its president since most people in the nation follow its suggestions on voting. Today, the ANC lashed out at its former head, President Thabo Mbeki, and announced its intention to initiate procedures that might result in forcing a collapse of his government along with his resignation. President Mbeki responded by agreeing to resign in order to avoid a divisive era in his nation’s history. Mbeki has been engaged in a feud with Jacob Zuma, the current head of the ANC, and its acrimonious consequences have resulted in hatred between the two former colleagues. ANC leaders believe Mbeki is the one responsible for the current investigation into Jacob Zuma’s actions which many believe involve charges of corruption. The ANC announced its intention “to recall the president of the republic before his term of office expires. Our decision has been communicated to him.”

The ANC action is most probably a response to a recent ruling by High Court Judge Chris Nicholson who ruled charges of corruption against Zuma may have entailed actions by Mbeki of undue influence in the investigation. This action is merely the latest in ongoing complaints against Mbeki for his failure to act in an impartial manner during the current crisis in Zmbabwe where he has blatantly supported the corrupt and brutal regime of Robert Mugabe.