Mhambi has been redeployed.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mandela - a tragic failure of leadership in Zimbabwe

"We watch with sadness the continuing tragedy in Darfur. Nearer to home we have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow Africans in our own country and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighbouring Zimbabwe."

Nelson Mandela condemned Robert Mugabe at a dinner in London last night. Judging from comments on UK websites many think its too little too late.

But as I posted yesterday, considering the history of antagonism between Mandela and Mbeki's ANC, I think people should cut Mandela slack.

It is also encouraging that he focussed not only on Zimbabwe, but on Darfur, and our own countries problems. Thabo Mbeki will no doubt be furious at Nelson's interference and 'pandering to the West'.

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z said...

Go figure that the English would think Mandela is going to make everything ok. It seems to be part of the mythology surrounding him.

I noticed from some posts that you are living in the UK, are you still?

Wessel said...

Nope, I'm in Montreal now.

The English media have very little grasp of South African (never mind African) politics.