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Zim should not be where it is: Mbeki

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki — one of the fiercest backers of President Robert Mugabe and the Zanu PF regime — has admitted that the ruling party is holding Zimbabwe back in terms of development.

Thabo Mbeki seen here with Robert Mugabe

In an interview with a South African radio station on Thursday night, Mbeki said even prior to the Government of National Unity (GNU) between Mugabe and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai who was the prime minister, the African National Congress (ANC)  had written a critique on Zanu PF that among other things highlighted the rot in Zimbabwe under Mugabe’s watch.

Asked by his host if Zimbabwe is progressing as it should under Mugabe’s stewardship, Mbeki said: “Zimbabwe is not where it is supposed to be, they have failed to implement the GPA (Global Political Agreement).”

The GPA is the document which was agreed on by Mugabe and Tsvangirai to form the short-lived but stability-inducing unity government.

Among other agreements that were contained in the GPA that was brokered by Mbeki were the need for security sector reforms, constitutional changes, a land audit and liberalisation of the media.

However, the MDC blamed Zanu PF for stalling the full implementation of the GPA, with the ruling party only making piece-meal concessions.

Asked whether the ANC has been approaching Zanu PF as a former liberation movement and not taking decisive action to save the situation and helping Mugabe — Mbeki repeated his noninterference stance.

“…Mugabe has every possibility to help himself. The first people to approach us were the MDC and the first thing they asked was the amendment of the Constitution and I had to meet president Mugabe at the airport when he was going to Malaysia or Indonesia and said to him president the MDC had engaged us.

“In the end, we actually prepared a 40-page critique of what was happening in Zimbabwe and sent it to Zanu PF. The ANC wanted to say to Zanu PF you are doing wrong, but the document was leaked.

“In the context of resolving the conflict there, the view we took was that it is the duty of the people of Zimbabwe to determine their future,” Mbeki said.

He was often accused of being soft on Mugabe as he shredded the GPA.

Mbeki dismissed suggestions that he pursued quiet diplomacy on Zimbabwe.

“Our view is let the people of Zimbabwe get together and resolve their problems; an external solution is not good enough. When something goes wrong, people will blame the foreigners.

“The problem we had, the reason you had this funny argument that we had quiet diplomacy is because the British wanted regime change…they are paying attention to Zimbabwe not because they are interested in the future of Zimbabwe, but because of their interests,” said Mbeki.

While Mbeki has been steadfast in his approach on Zimbabwe, there is a growing feeling among South African politicians that Mugabe should now step aside and pave way for fresh blood.

Economic Freedom Front leader Julius Malema and the Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane have both angered Zanu PF by demanding that the nonagenarian step down.

Meanwhile, thousands of Zimbabweans are holed up in South Africa mostly as undocumented economic and political refugees. Daily News

  • We are suffering becz of yu idiot

  • Mbeki’s quite deplomacy killed Zimbabwe and all its dreams

  • He must be the last person to lecture about Zimbabwe. He single handedly blocked Zimbabwe’s chance to change.

    • Mbuya

      I agree with u 200000000000000% he is the cause of all our problems that idiot

  • That asshole better be quite,he is the one who got us here, things could have been much better for us. What a shame.

  • Quiet Diplomacy killed Zimbabwe

  • Hypocrite

  • Tsek mbeki

  • Irony is lost on this guy,his must refer to a letter Tsvangurai wrote him on 13/5/08,that 🇿🇼 will be… https://t.co/u31gqZvBRH

  • Mbeki imhata has let Zimbabwe down he should not regret what he has done to Zimbabweans and he is not patriotic to the total freedom of Africans pamhata pake. He doesn’t know the sufferings of zimbaweans after he gave the life line to zanu pf. They are forever grateful to you motherfucker

  • He is the key player for Zim to suffer God knows

  • Stupid old man

  • Literacy in Africa does not transalate to the ouster of people who speak about pan africanist but they are corrupt in mind fuck them

  • nxaaasss

  • We always preach about corruption but look who is corrupt and Zimbabwe does not have separation of powers that they should be separation of powers between the judicially, executive and presidential

  • Thabo Mbeki with al due respct,msunu wakho,asada kutijairira,ndiye anosupotr tht old fosil,nhasi wowawata kuti chii,shit ass nxa.

  • Fuck mbeki

  • With or without him we are now walking our last and final kilometers of our long tiresome journey its now just a matter of time before the ref blows the final whistle.

  • Nxaa. This liar will force me to write vulgar words here. He should just go hang a million times!

  • THABO MBEKI a biased heap of confused flesh, VAGABOND, now talking shit with fake sympathy , had it not been his STUPIDITY MEDIATION Zimbabwe will now have gone an extra mile in terms of development.

    • Mbuya

      2000000000000…00000000000% agree his stupid so called quiet diplomacy killed us right now we would be in a new zim zanu pf clearly lost in 2008 and mbeki gave them a lifeline. If he were an honest man he shld have told zanu pf straight up to accept defeat imbwa chaiyo yemunhu…. Mmmm dog ndamupromota ndashaya izwi rinonatso kumutuka

  • Foolish. What a traitor. This basturd must shut his big mouth

  • Futsek Mr “there is no crisis in Zim” shut up Mbeki& sit down i hate you with a passion msunu wakho swine! You belong in jail for taking part in destroying our country you bloody moron!

  • STUPID DRUNKARD. This is your making

  • How quickly he forgets his quiet diplomacy thing

  • If you heard him during his interview when he was asked about his quiet diplomacy. He defended his critics by saying zimbabwean political parties crafted their GPA but he quickly said Britain wanted to impose regime change to protects its kin and kith. How so? Zimbabweans are not insane and surely knew and know what they want not this state of current affairs. Zimbabwe can do better than this and Mbeki quickly admitted his revolutional counterparts from the north hold Zimbabwe back economically. The damage is already done. If he did not endorse that then we should have been somewhere better.

  • Imha** Mbeki

  • This shit madala who declared “no crisis in Zim ” when innocent opposition supporters were being massacred, why doesn’t he enjoy his pension in silence? His quiet diplomacy on Zim contributed to all the suffering we’re in today. Zibenzi iri!

  • You knew that,aren’t you related to him somehow?Was reading about your troubles you left behind as a President too. Power makes you guys greedy and definitely not to be trusted.

  • It’s where it is because of people like you (Mbeki)!!

  • This person called Mbeki is a stupid guy

  • He is stupid and mad

  • That’s why he was forced to resign and lost his presidency prematurely because he lacks logic and common sense! He needs to wake up and smell the coffee!

  • I say it now nd will say it hundred tyms more Zim problems were crafted by Mbeki.he cn change wht to say bt the damage is there fr the world to c……one man made crisis……..shame on u Mbeki.

  • quietly diplomatic insane

  • jb

    He should just shut the fxxk up

  • Kamusekerwo karikuitwa apo ndoo baba vacho kkkkkkkkkk

  • he was jealous of zim want his south africa prestigious he must shut up nxaaa idako futi why he not plan that roadmap during his tenure nxaaa

  • we have no soft words for him he shld be better off with his rhetorics his is disgrac

  • Mbeki must keep quite, and just enjoy his investments in Zim. He made the situation worse by saying there is no crisis in Zim. Gullible Mbeki.

  • musatanyoko I we mbeki,vhara gaba rako iron,mugodhoyi

  • musatanyoko I we mbeki,vhara gaba rako iron,mugodhoyi

  • Mbeki u are a joke

  • These guys are thieves , came and declare that Zim has no crisis all he was given some shares at a certain mine now he talks about the lawmakers economic seatbacks how dare you say that when actually being cut from the same cloth of corruption

  • Mbeki you brought us here!!!!!

  • birds of same feathers flocks together

  • Stupid arrogant mbeki who once said thr were no crisis in zimbabwe whilst ppl were being killd

  • Mbeki a total disappointed to all zimbos. millions of people suffering because of your support to the regime

  • mbeki you are right

  • But in 2008 you said there is no CRISIS in Zimbabwe .Useless Mbeki.

  • I don’t like this man

  • Mbeki you wronged mazimbabweans bigtime

  • Too late ,yakatikuvadzisa mboko iyo nxaaaaaah

  • It is were it is because of people like you

  • Thabo Mbeki you’re a big fool sir.

  • but it is Mr Mbeki…

  • With this kind of hate speech from the opposition I just doubt if we’ll respect freedom of expression if it happens we win in 2018. I m sure no one in zim is ready for democracy even Morgan himself that is wy he ignored reforms during GNU.he wanted to oppress us after he thot he would have won n 2013. Freedom means respecting others chero mhunhu akati anoda ZANU ndozvaada has irevi kuti haaafunge.that way of thinking ndiyo inoita kuti tirohwe. Namugabe kana tatadza kumuvhotera.we as opposition we nid to show the way