The silence of Nelson Mandela on the crisis in Zimbabwe has disturbed many of his admirers who regard him as the moral voice of south Africa. He fought for the rights of all people in his struggle to end white rule in South Africa, but has been strangely silent during the brutal events in Zimbabwe. William Gumede, a political analyst notes, “every voice is needed now. And, Mr. Mandela’s is one that can hardly be bettered in terms of m oral authority.” Some believe he has hesitated speaking because President Mugabe of Zimbabwe hates him and will only do the opposite of what Mandela says.
Another reason may be his loyalty to President Mbeki of South Africa who succeeded him in office. Mandela has hesitated expressing disagreement and, except for the HIV crisis in 2000, has not make negative remarks about his successor. However, the crisis in Zimbabwe requires every voice to be heard. Mbeki’s behavior has been disgusting and lacking in any concern for the oppressed voices of the Zimbabwean people.