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Saturday, August 20, 2005
  South Africa to get tough with Mugabe - World - smh.com.au
After years of coddling and supporting this madman, it looks like SA may actually get serious. (For background click here)

South Africa to get tough with Mugabe - World - smh.com.au: "President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa has privately conceded his 'quiet diplomatic' approach towards Zimbabwe has failed to yield results, opening the way for a more forceful policy towards Robert Mugabe's regime.

The signs from South Africa suggest that the African leaders - who for decades have refused to criticise abuses among their number - are considering breaking the taboo and taking Mr Mugabe to task for the destruction of his country.

The South African leader has sacrificed much of his international reputation by declining to criticise President Mugabe's excesses. Instead, South Africa has tried to influence Zimbabwe's regime with behind-the-scenes talks.

Yet the country's descent into economic collapse and political repression has continued unabated, leading Mr Mbeki to think again.

'Our President has eventually agreed that the quiet diplomatic approach has not yielded the results that were expected,' said Devikarani Jana, a diplomat who received a briefing on Zimbabwe from South African officials last week."
 
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