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'Quiet diplomacy' the way to go - readers

By unknown | Sep 21, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Themba Molefe

Themba Molefe

Sowetan's well-heeled readers believe that South Africa's strategy of "quiet diplomacy" on Zimbabwe is spot-on.

We invited readers to participate in our vote-line on the vexatious question about our northern neighbour, Zimbabwe, which is crumbling under the yoke of economic meltdown.

Rather than intervene directly, our government instead opted for what it termed "quiet diplomacy" on its neighbour.

At the beginning of a six-part series which ends today, we asked you, the readers, this question: Is our government's strategy on Zimbabwe right?

To answer this question, Sowetan invited readers to vote either YES or NO by SMS, on our website or by phone. A total of 1467 readers responded to the opinion poll, with the majority, 66,5 percent, saying the government strategy is right.

Since political strife heightened in Zimbabwe about four years ago, South Africa has been under pressure to intervene as the country's political landscape took a turn for the worse and started to reel from economic decline.

The Southern African Development Community last month mandated President Thabo Mbeki to secure a deal on constitutional reform between President Robert Mugabe's government and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections early next year.


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