Mugabe key to arbitration

Chinese President Hu Jintao, right, shakes hands with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe during the Welcoming ceremony for the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006. China's President Hu Jintao opened a summit with dozens of African leaders Saturday by pledging to double Chinese aid to Africa, provide billions of dollars in loans and build hospitals and schools as it tries to expand ties. Pic. Elizabeth Dalziel. © AP.
Chinese President Hu Jintao, right, shakes hands with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe during the Welcoming ceremony for the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006. China's President Hu Jintao opened a summit with dozens of African leaders Saturday by pledging to double Chinese aid to Africa, provide billions of dollars in loans and build hospitals and schools as it tries to expand ties. Pic. Elizabeth Dalziel. © AP.

There is much discussion about how to help Zimbabwe find its way back to peace and prosperity. In my view, President Robert Mugabe, right, is the key to any resolution in that country.

There is much discussion about how to help Zimbabwe find its way back to peace and prosperity. In my view, President Robert Mugabe, right, is the key to any resolution in that country.

If he were to be overthrown or assassinated, without adequate succession, there would be a civil war, and no one wants that.

What South Africa should do is persuade other SADC countries to sit down with Mugabe and explain to him that massive civil unrest in Zimbabwe would be a serious threat to all countries. Mugabe is undoubtedly the key to Zimbabwe's future. Without him there will be chaos.

As for MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai, I doubt that the policies he is driving are his own. It seems like someone else is driving the process.

I also want to remind South Africans, especially DA leader Tony Leon, that the people of Zimbabwe voted for Mugabe. Let us wait for the next elections and once again the masses will vote for a government of their choice.

Viwe Sidali, East London

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