Letters 10-08-06 (iii)

Charity begins at home Mr Mbeki
EDITOR- It's a shame that we young Africans have such a deficit in role-models. South African President Thabo Mbeki says his country is ready to intervene in the Middle East if called on to support peace initiatives by United Nations.
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t is vital for South Africa to join hands with the international community in pushing for a immediate ceasefire in the Middle East, I think Mbeki has too much homework to be looking at.
Charity begins at home Mr President. Mbeki was given a mandate to solve the Zim crisis but he has failed even to acknowledge it. Why try to solve other problems when in your own house people are being denied life? How can he see hostilities in the Middle East when he can’t see the Zimbabweans in his own land who are suffering so much because of a ruthless regime.
Is Mbeki waiting for a civil war for him to intervene? Or is South Africa benefiting a lot with the Zim crisis? Doctors, teachers, lawyers, builders, investors are fleeing, contributing a lot to the SA economy
ALOIS PHIRI MBAWARA, Free-Zim, Jozi


Management by paralysis
EDITOR – Here is my bet: Mugabe will declare martial law and that will be another good excuse for no mobilisation and no mass action. Southern Africans should be in the Guinness book of records for “management by paralysis and excuse”. There is an excuse for everything that doesn’t happen, that could have happened. In Zimbabwe, Mugabe’s excuses are drought, sanctions, colonialism, Tony B-liar toilet and George Bush. MDC’s excuse is Robert Mugabe, this faction or that faction. It’s an endemic problem.
The difference between Mugabe and all other players is that Mugabe makes excuses BUT he makes decisions and carries them out while everyone else talks and sits on their hands in sheer mental paralysis. Mugabe uses patronage and fear to create unity whilst everyone else fights amongst themselves to the extent that their egos and positioning in the pecking order supersedes all other considerations.
The winter of discontent will become the spring of “…… who knows?” in a couple of days. Zimbabwe’s biggest enemy right now is the inability of it’s leaders on the democratic front to be brave enough to make hard decisions, formalise alliances and take action.
How can you take people with you when this situation exists? How can anyone expect the masses to mobilise with such gaps in strategic thinking and leadership abilities? People are more than prepared to make sacrifices, even lay down their lives, but they need to see a well-reasoned vision and common purpose. I know of many ordinary people who now doubt whether getting rid of Zanu (PF) will, in fact, change anything. This kind of thinking is a recent phenomenon. Democratic leaders, are you listening?
For the past six years, we have all been saying that it can’t get any worse. Well, now we know. It certainly can get a lot worse and the bad news is that it will continue to get worse as long as freedom-loving people allow their elected leaders to place their partisan egos in front of unity of purpose and passionate commitment to make the hard decisions.
Time is no longer on Zimbabwe’s side. Let’s get on with it.
CHRIS MAZAMBANE, South Africa

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