Robert Mugabe cannot be blamed for name-calling

2013-07-14 10:00

Not only is South Africa losing its war on morals and corruption, but also its respect.

Recently, we were ridiculed by the King of Swaziland. We were also chased out of the Central African Republic and our soldiers died there trying to secure “national interests”, which President Jacob Zuma failed to define.

Furthermore, the way South Africa pushed for the election of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to chair the African Union Commission was divisive.

In fact, her role and influence was exaggerated. Now we have Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe calling Lindiwe Zulu, Zuma’s adviser on international relations, a “stupid idiotic woman” and a “little streetwalker”.

A Zimbabwean court instructed that the nation hold elections before the end of this month. The Southern African Development Community, however, wants the government to defy the court and postpone the elections.

Clearly, Mugabe has been annoyed by Zuma’s covert support for Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change.

To appease the West, Zuma removed president Thabo Mbeki as mediator and deployed his spokesperson Mac Maharaj and Zulu to replace Sydney Mufamadi, Advocate Mojanku Gumbi and Reverend Frank Chikane as mediators.

When he was elected ANC president, he promised to apply “loud diplomacy” to put pressure on Mugabe to engage in political reforms.

He sided with the West on the Libyan and Ivorian coups.

The signing of the 1973 UN Resolution by South Africa was criticised directly or indirectly by Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe and by analysts such as

Chris Landsberg, Somadoda Fikeni, Aubrey Matshiqi and Shadrack Gutto.

Calling Zulu a “little streetwalker” was invited by Zuma’s wishy-washy foreign policy. Zuma supports a regime change in Zimbabwe as he did in Libya and Ivory Coast.

The US pharmaceutical companies hail him as a hero because he has opened markets for them.

The recent visit by US President Barack Obama had everything to do with China’s continuing influence on the African continent, and surprisingly Zuma praised him as a “freedom fighter”.

If Obama is a freedom fighter, why is he failing to take a progressive stance on the Palestinian question?

If our foreign policy is tailored on the interests of the West, Mugabe will continue ridiculing Zulu.

In fact, she must call Britain to honour its pledge to fund land reform in Zimbabwe.

Nonjabulo Kheswa

Joburg

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