SA businessmen speak out

JOHANNESBURG - South African businessmen are beginning to show signs of irritation at their government's continued connivance with the Mugabe regime. Director of several top companies, Warren Clewlow, wrote in Barloworld's latest annual report that the Zimbabwean political and economic crisis was "a

monumental tragedy right on our doorstep and an albatross around the neck of an African renaissance”. “SA must lead from the front. Our role and responsibility is not just to promote discussion… Our aim must be to achieve meaningful and sustainable change,” said Clewlow’s chairman’s report. He said SA should vociferously condemn the situation in Zimbabwe. Clewlow’s comments were echoed by South African Chamber of Business policy executive Bill Lacey, who said the “softly-softly” approach clearly did not work and SA “should implement economic measures against the Zimbabwean government”. Chief operating officer of the Business Unit of South Africa, Vic van Vuuren, added his voice, calling on government to adopt a proactive role in facilitating a solution. Van Vuuren, who was in Zimbabwe recently on an official visit, said the mood among businesspeople there was “very, very despondent” – and the situation was deteriorating. – Own correspondent

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