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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Mbeki on Zim

Yesterday I speculated that President Mbeki pays lip service in terms of creating the impression of being seen to be doing something about Zimbabwe in order to curry favour with the G8. SABC news radio reports today that Mbeki has agreed with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to wait for a report on Zimbabwe by the UN's special envoy before taking any course of action. This implies that Mbeki intends to do something concrete.

If indeed, Mbeki does get more involved in trying to resolve the Mugabe crisis on his return from Gleneagles, it will be due to one reason, and one reason only – pressure from the G8, and he will probably try to do as little as he possibly can in terms of finding a balance betwen letting Mugabe remain in power unscathed, and to be seen to be appeasing the G8.

Neo-liberal critics believe that Mbeki is a puppet of the West, and that Nepad does not go far enough to address global inequalities.

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