African leaders learnt nothing from Madiba

The AU summit in Egypt ended, as anticipated, with a call for Zanu-PF to engage in "talks" with the opposition MDC.

The AU summit in Egypt ended, as anticipated, with a call for Zanu-PF to engage in "talks" with the opposition MDC.

No one dared challenge illegitimate Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Not because there was no challenger - the problem is that the majority of African leaders have no credible voices.

Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, who hosted the summit, will celebrate 28 years in power next month. In neighbouring Botswana, President Ian Khama was handed power without an election.

Does King Mswati of Swaziland have the audacity to call any African leader to order? Surely they should remind him how he has held on to power.

President Thabo Mbeki can no longer be seen as a credible voice since he lost the ANC leadership contest in Polokwane to Jacob Zuma after his attempt to cling to power. That on its own sent mixed signals about his concept of African renaissance.

One wonders if the voice of Raila Odinga, Kenya's prime minister, will stand the test of time if he manages to succeed embattled Mwai Kibaki.

Former president Nelson Mandela led by example when he stepped down after only one term, but no one seems to have learnt anything from that noble act.

Africa needs to look within itself for salvation. It's not too late for "change we can all believe in".

Hasani Mabasa, Johannesburg

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