March 2005
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    
Search


Archives
Recent Entries

free hit counter

RSS Feeds

RSS 1.0
RSS 2.0

December 22, 2003

Spinning Hard

The government of South Africa is working hard to spin this statement by President Mbeki.


"Our countries have shared common problems. As they shared the common problems of oppression, they share common problems today. President Mugabe can assist us to confront the problems we have in South Africa so that we can assist you to solve the problems that face Zimbabwe."

Mbeki's spokesmen responded to the predictable fallout by saying, essentially, that Mbeki didn't really mean any of what he said, but was simply playing nice in hopes that Mugabe would welcome a closer relationship with South Africa and consider making suggested reforms.

There are two ways to look at it: either Mbeki really didn't mean what he said or Mbeki really does, like some other African leaders, see something noble in Mugabe's continued arrogance. If Mbeki didn't mean the words, then his tactic was foolish and, unsurprisingly, led to attacks from critics. If, on the other hand, he does find something admirable about Zimbabwe's leadership, then the problem is far deeper.

Either way, it's hard to see this as positive.

Read the story.

Posted by zombyboy at December 22, 2003 11:33 AM
Comments

Mbeki also said something like if Zimbabweans want regime change, they should be able to do it themselves. EXACTLY!!!

Posted by: Brian at December 24, 2003 10:11 AM

I don't see the problem with Mbeki's statement (the part you excerpted) and he shouldn't have had to have anyone clarify.

"Our countries have shared common problems. As they shared the common problems of oppression, they share common problems today."

Unassailably true.

"President Mugabe can assist us to confront the problems we have in South Africa so that we can assist you to solve the problems that face Zimbabwe."

This is also true. For all of his many flaws, Mugabe CAN help South Africa in many ways and, in return, South Africa can help Zimbabwe. Mugabe is not a democratic leader, that's to be sure, and I definitely want to see democratic elections and freedom of the press in Zimbabwe. But I support 100% his removing white settlers (regardless of how many generations they have "possessed" it) from their ill-begotten land (which is also the best land) and redistributing it the indigenous people. Everyone knows that a people's collective wealth comes through land ownership. There can be no valid claims to land stolen via colonialism (Hell, the same case could be made in the U.S.). However, I fully condemn corruption in how it is being done.

Posted by: Kamau at December 30, 2003 03:30 PM
Contributors to
AfricaBlog
Nathan
Deb Yoder
Velociman
IB Bill
Zombyboy
About AfricaBlog
Purpose
Submissions Guidelines

Contact Us At
africablog-at-resurrectionsong.com

Supporters