SA Abandons Mbeki’s ‘Quite Diplomacy’: SA Envoy

Zimbabwe’s governing partners, two years after signing the Global Political Agreement (GPA) that seeks to arrest the country’s social, political and economic woes have failed to implement the agreement in full.


Former ruling party Zanu-PF blames its rivals insincerity in calling off ‘illegal sanctions’ while the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations accuse the octogenarian leader of sponsoring part militias to perpetrate violence in the countryside.


Addressing the Sapes Trust Dialogue, South Africa ambassador to Zimbabwe Vusi Mavimbela Zuma had made it clear that he would be approaching the Zimbabwe issue with a more hands on approach.


“He has been busy, on diplomatic meetings ahead of the United Nations Summit, but after that he will concentrate on the Zimbabwe issue,” he said.


Mavimbela said the summit would prove the most definitive on the Zimbabwe issue and was surprised that the media had missed it.


The South African ambassador said Zuma had told the Angola summit that there was need for him to engage more, signalling regional fatigue on the seemingly unending Zimbabwe crisis.


“In his report to the Sadc summit Zuma said [he] shall arrange an interface programme with the political principals and how best we can expedite the full implementation of the GPA and help create conditions for a smooth election in Zimbabwe,” he said.


Zuma is reported to have said there was goodwill among the principals to end the impasse, but there was need for them to be given a nudge in the right direction.


The ambassador said Zuma hoped the interface meetings would generate momentum among the parties to the GPA to end the years-long stalemate.


Mavimbela said Sadc now needed closure on Zimbabwe and this was evidenced by Angolan leader, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, who was critical about lack of democratic space and violence.


Mbeki was viewed as Mugabe sympathiser that analysts say informed his soft- soft approach on Zimbabwe’s decade long crisis.