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An invasion of Zimbabwe or tougher sanctions to dislodge President Robert Mugabe are not on the cards, ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe said in Durban yesterday.
"I don't think invading Zimbabwe or sanctions would work," Mantashe said at a breakfast in the city.
He did not believe that the ANC "will subscribe" to an invasion and preferred to deal with Zimbabwe "on a government-to-government level and on a party-to-party level".
"What will we do to make Mugabe retire? We will persuade him," Mantashe said.
He said the higher structures of the ANC had discussed Mugabe's reasons for wanting to stay in power.
The arrest of former Liberian president Charles Taylor affected any decision Mugabe might make to retire. Taylor, who was Liberia's president from 1997 to 2003, was forced into exile in Nigeria before being extradited.
He is being detained at the International Criminal Court detention facility in The Hague and is on trial before the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
"Mugabe cannot be given any guarantees for his safety in retirement," said Mantashe, who claimed Mugabe's fears were real.
He said the party's national executive committee had discussed the problems Mugabe might have to face if he were to relinquish power.
Mantashe said no Western leader had been detained or had stood trial in The Hague. - Sapa