South Africa prepared to go it alone over Zimbabwe

JOHANNESBURG – Continental powerhouse South Africa is allegedly prepared to go it alone to deal with Zimbabwe, if the regional bloc SADC decides to ‘insulate’ Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe will be discussed at a SADC summit to be held in Johannesburg on Saturday, where President Jacob Zuma is expected to present his electoral roadmap for Zimbabwe.

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It is hoped the SADC bloc will endorse this roadmap, as well as the earlier Livingstone Troika report which called on Mugabe to end the violence, intimidation and harassment of his political opponents.

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There are fears though that after the fanfare in Johannesburg is over, Mugabe will simply go back to Harare and refuse to implement the roadmap, as he has been doing with the Global Political Agreement.

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‘SADC has lacked a robust enforcement mechanism of dealing with Mugabe’s intransigency in the last 10 years. The region is sick and tired of dealing with the Zimbabwe crisis and there are people in the ANC who believe this has to come to an end,’ a source close to the facilitation team told us.

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SW Radio Africa is reliably informed that powerbrokers in the ruling African National Congress want the Zimbabwean issue dealt with ‘once and for all.’

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‘Already there is talk that South Africa is ready to dump Mugabe and his ZANU PF party should they decide to derail plans to hold free and fair elections. They insist South Africa has the capacity to deal with Mugabe bilaterally,’ our source said.

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When ZANU PF demanded the removal of Zuma’s International Relations Advisor, Lindiwe Zuma, from the facilitation team, South Africa was ready to retaliate by releasing a damning report on the 2002 presidential election report which was compiled by generals from that country.

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‘If SADC fails to enforce the implementation of the roadmap, South Africa is saying they will go it alone because their country is the one most affected by the never ending crisis in Zimbabwe,’ our source said.

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He added; ‘They are also in possession of damning reports from the 2002 and 2008 presidential elections and they are using them as bargaining tools to force ZANU PF to toe the line. All parties to the GPA will sign this roadmap, but enforcing it is where things will fall apart.’