Monday, 17 August 2009
Zuma's intervention in Zimbabwe will be futile
In fact, in order to milk Zuma's visit to their advantage, Zanu PF and Mugabe have contrived to project the South African leader's trip as a state visit by making him the guest of honour at the country's once-popular Harare Agricultural show. In this way, Mugabe will be seen palling around with Zuma infront of thousands of his compatriots and international media cameras. Any notion in the public mind of him being ostracised by the region's most powerful country for his intransigence with respect to fulfilling his obligations in the GPA will thus wither away.
It does not inspire much confidence, too, that Zuma's successor as chair of SADC in the coming weeks is none other than DRC President Joseph Kabila, who has much to be grateful to Mugabe for and, as he openly admits, regards the Zimbabwean octogenarian strongman as 'my father'.