More ‘Pandoring’ to Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF

More ‘Pandoring’ to Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo / Sunday Times

What Pandor won’t say – because it is ANC policy not to annoy despots – is that Zimbabwe will never recover until there are free and fair elections.

South Africa must assume a significant portion of the culpability for the economic meltdown and political oppression in Zimbabwe which has seen millions of its citizens heading south to try to find a better life. That is the reality which International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor was not discussing at her symposium in Pretoria about the role this country can play in getting European and US sanctions lifted against our northern neighbour. It goes back to 2002, when then president Robert Mugabe effectively stole the election and entrenched his Zanu-PF party in power. Mugabe kicked out European election observers, who were...




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