South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) says
South Africa put more pressure on Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party to form a
unity government with the opposition to help resolve the economic crisis. Jacob
Zuma, who is the leader of the ANC, described the refusal of embattled
President Robert Mugabe's administration to form a unity government as
unfortunate. He said it has taken too long a time, which he said worsens the
plight of the ordinary, Zimbabwean. Zuma adds that South Africa has the
responsibility to push the ruling party into the right direction to help
alleviate the suffering of the masses. Glen Mpani is a political analyst. From
Cape Town South Africa, he tells reporter Peter Clottey that Zimbabweans are
tired of what he says is mere rhetoric.
reaction to the sentiments of the statements from Jacob Zuma is that we have
had a lot of rhetoric coming out of the region, coming out of SADC (Southern
African Development Community) and the AU (African Union), but very little in
terms of tangible action to resolve the Zimbabwe crisis. So while the statement
might be welcomed, the issue is then after realizing that they have not pushed
the Zimbabweans so much. What are they going to do? Are they going to continue
allowing the mediator to come up with decisions and processes that do not put
pressure on the ZANU-PF government to yield the positions that it is refusing to
yield?" Mpani asked.
said the ANC leader's recent statements have been contradictory.
statement is coming at the backdrop of the statement that he made in Namibia,
where he said and basically endorsed the mediation of Thabo Mbeki (South Africa's
former president). So these are now two statements that are quite conflicting.
If he says they should have pushed Zimbabwe more, is it the sign that they are
regretting, and is that happening within a space of a week?" he asked.
said some members of the ANC leadership have not been overoptimistic about how
the Zimbabwe mediation efforts have been handled so far.
has always been some disaffection in terms of the Zuma camp regarding the
mediation efforts of Thabo Mbeki. But what they have tried to do is to avoid
rocking the boat. So possibly, this might be the beginning of a tougher stance
in relation to the processes that they have been in Zimbabwe," Mpani pointed
said empty words have so far not done enough to help resolve the Zimbabwe
other than a statement if nothing is put into action I think there is nothing
that can give an indication to say that things are changing or they are
shifting goalpost within Zimbabwe," he said.
said the Southern African Development Community (SADC) could do more to help in
resolving the Zimbabwe political and economic stalemate.
is very difficult to say what exactly they can do, but as a region they've got
the leverage. One, the leverage that they have is that they've got economic
power and ZANU-PF depends so much on the South African government, the
electricity and a number of issues that the South African government can use as
a leverage. The second leverage they can use is their failure to recognize
them. ZANU-PF government has been looking for legitimacy and they have been
able to get South African support. And South Africa should stop vetoing the
resolutions that are being made at the United Nations. I think the outright
condemnation to say the government in Zimbabwe is illegitimate and we want you
to get into government with the MDC… I think that is very important on the part
of South Africa," Mpani noted.
said that South Africa's ruling ANC is continuing to put
pressure on its ZANU-PF comrades and the main opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) formations to agree on a unity government without
He adds that the ANC had
conducted visits to former liberation movements
in neighboring countries that had helped the ANC
in the fight against white-minority apartheid rule, and would undertake a
similar visit to Zimbabwe once the political stalemate in Zimbabwe is resolved.