I see hope in Zimbabwe now that Morgan Tsvangirai has endorsed and placed his trust in the SADC leaders and President Thabo Mbeki.
This move is a turnaround and realisation on Tsvangirai's part that the Zimbabwean problem is an African problem - and only African leaders can resolve the issue. Tsvangirai was previously misled by Western forces.
It should be understood that when the Zimbabwean situation destabilises, all her neighbours, especially South Africans, will suffer because Zimbabweans will flock to our country. It is important that the SADC approach and South Africa's in particular is understood and supported in this context.
Imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe - as the US and Britain want to - will not bring any positive changes to Zimbabwe or her people.
I am pleased that Robert Mugabe and Thabo Mbeki, with the support of SADC, resisted relentless and undue pressure from the US and Britain to act against Zimbabwe.
I can only hope that Tsvangirai meant every word he said when he endorsed the SADC intervention, and that he genuinely believes that dialogue will help resolve the crisis in Zimbabwe.
A successful resolution in Zimbabwe will depend on mutual trust and respect among all the parties in Zimbabwe.
Luther Lebelo, Vorna Valley