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Thursday, November 17, 2005
  With the barbarians at the gate, SA turns it's back on civilization with blind eye to Mugabe the Monster
Scotsman.com News - International - South Africa signs pact with Mugabe: "SOUTH Africa signed a defence and intelligence pact with its neighbour Zimbabwe yesterday, spurning attempts by western governments to isolate the Harare government of Robert Mugabe.

Under the agreement, the two countries will share information on security issues, while Zimbabwean pilots and instructors will travel to South Africa for training.

At the signing in Cape Town, Ronnie Kasrils, South Africa's intelligence minister, said: 'This ... further consolidates a long-standing socio-political and economic relationship between our two countries.'

Zimbabwe's problems were no different to those faced by other countries that had come through a colonial past, he added.

South Africa, roundly criticised for not taking a stronger line against Mr Mugabe, has vowed to continue working with Zimbabwe's government to try to solve that country's difficulties. Charles Nqakula, the South African safety and security minister, said: 'We are not going to do anything based on some of the populism chants that happen on our soil and elsewhere that is going to upset that programme.'

Yesterday's deal comes at a time when Europe and the United States are increasing pressure on Mr Mugabe's government, which has been widely accused of vote rigging and human rights abuses.

Zimbabwe is reeling from its worst economic and political crisis since independence from Britain in 1980, triggered in part by government seizures of white-owned farms. It blames its problems on a western campaign of sanctions and isolation, led by Britain and the US, following its land reforms."
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