Failure on the part of President Mbeki of South Africa to be a neutral advocate for the people of Zimbabwe has made clear he is no Nelson Mandela. The South African leader has consistently taken the side of his good friend, Robert Mugabe, a thug and murderer who has wrecked his nation in a made pursuit of power and wealth. Mbeki was charged by the Southern African Development Community(SADC) to serve as a broker for peace between Mugabe and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) and its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai. The MDC wants a genuine sharing of power, but Mugabe, encouraged by Mbeki, wants to retain all power. It is clear the MDC has lost all confidence in the neutrality of Mbeki in this situation. Mugabe reportedly has issued a demand to Tsvangirai of agreeing to his view of “sharing” or he will proceed alone. Tsvangirai has refused to be bullied into an agreement that will only strengthen forces of oppression.
Lovemore Madhuku, a law lecturer, says the choice is clear-Tsvangirai gives up his ideas and agrees to those of Mugabe or the president will proceed on his own. There is little indication Mugabe was ever interested in real power sharing and simply depended on his good friend, Mbeki, to keep the SADC off his back. It appears his gamble has worked.