Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
The unfortunate withdrawal of the MDC from a run-off election that was likely to bring about a government of national unity is an interesting twist in the Zimbabwean crisis.
Chief among the causes of economic and political turmoil in Zimbabwe, notwithstanding errors committed by Zanu-PF, are sanctions and disinvestment by the West.
In fact the West has already announced that it is ready to pour millions into Zim once Morgan Tsvangirai takes over.
The irony, though, is if a government of national unity is formed with Mugabe as president and Tsvangirai as prime minister, and Western investments lead to an economic boom, it will popularise Mugabe, a man they have already spent millions to demonise.
And if they do not pour in millions, Zimbabwe will be where it is today and that will make Tsvangirai unpopular, a man they have spent millions on to popularise.
Worse, it will begin to send messages that Zimbabwe's problems were not about Mugabe in the first place.
Just as happened in the allegedly rigged Kenyan election, the solution in Zimbabwe seems to be a transitional GNU under the current president.
Who knows better than South Africans that our solutions for a better life, forced on us by Western forces, could not be divorced from the apartheid government, painful as it might have been at the time.
Luther Lebelo, Kyalami