WHILE the situation in Zimbabwe remains opaque more than two weeks after the general and presidential elections, some observers suggest that, in fact, President Robert Mugabe suffered several setbacks over the past weekend. Mugabe could probably take some comfort from President Thabo Mbeki. According to reports, at a recent meeting in London Mbeki persuaded British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to refrain from making any strong statement on Zimbabwe. If Brown was putting any reliance on Mbeki’s “quiet diplomacy”, however, his faith would have been misplaced. Mbeki met Mugabe en route to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit, after which he blandly announced that there was no crisis in Zimbabwe.