Mbeki Still Backs Mugabe despite His Campaign of Terror

Cape Times (South Africa), May 13, 2008 | Go to article overview

Mbeki Still Backs Mugabe despite His Campaign of Terror


Allow me to congratulate the SACP and Cosatu for showing such bravery in calling for the removal of President Thabo Mbeki as head of state. I further wish to congratulate the ANC members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on communications for passing a motion of no confidence in the SABC board, which Mbeki appointed in spite of serious concerns raised by his own party.

I am not a member of the ANC, but one does not need to be a rocket scientist to see what Mbeki is doing to his party. He is determined to leave the ANC much weaker than he found it.

Mbeki is deliberately creating an international outcry by publicly embracing a tyrant like Robert Mugabe.

Mbeki further attempts to impose his will upon the majority of people in Zimbabwe who voted against Zanu-PF in the recent elections by trying to broker a deal which would assure a faction of the Movement for Democratic Change some positions in a government of national unity in Zimbabwe, under the leadership of Mugabe. This in spite of the fact that Mugabe's party has lost its majority in parliament and is losing the presidential race. How disgraceful can you get?

What is this new fashion in Africa where political parties that lose elections can return to power by forming governments of national unity with the winning parties? Kenya set a very bad precedent, which will return to haunt this continent in the very near future, because what happened there was not the will of the people.

For more than seven years, Mbeki has supported Mugabe while the latter and his government used their security forces to brutalise and torture their citizens. …

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