Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
President Thabo Mbeki has made his critics eat humble pie. Mbeki, a visionary to the core, has always maintained that a solution to the Zimbabwean problems would be found by Zimbabweans.
This drew a lot of criticism from the Afro-pessimists and opportunists who heaped scorn on him. But the president was not fazed by this malice.
Mbeki finally saved the day when leaders of the warring factions, Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, shook hands and paved the way for a peaceful solution to the crisis.
So Mbeki's quiet diplomacy has worked, contrary to what some people said. He deserves credit for his tireless efforts in bringing about stability in Zimbabwe.
A lot of trigger-happy politicians called for military intervention in Zimbabwe, but Mbeki knew that lasting peace can only be found through dialogue. He went about his business quietly without seeking popularity and today Zimbabweans are on the verge of reaping the fruits of Mbeki's efforts.
When Mbeki exits the political stage he will be missed by many for his decisiveness, his hard work and for fighting corruption.
Mbeki is one African leader whose legacy will be etched into the annals of history despite some people trying to rubbish all the good work he has done. As they say, "You cannot keep a good man down."
Vukani Mbhele, Durban