Zuma urges EU to lift targeted sanctions on Mugabe cronies

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
28 September 2010

South African President Jacob Zuma will this week urge the European Union to lift targeted sanctions on members of the Mugabe regime. Zuma is attending an EU-South Africa summit in Brussels, Belgium and according to Foreign Affairs spokesperson Saul Kgomotso Molobi, “South Africa will set out the AU position, which calls for the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe.”

South Africa played a key role in cobbling together the half-baked power sharing deal in Zimbabwe, after Mugabe and his ZANU PF party lost elections in March 2008. The Joint Operations Command which groups together all arms of state security had by then led a murderous campaign of retribution to punish mostly rural voters who voted for Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC-T party.

Mugabe has however refused to honour the same agreement that offered him a lifeline and has instead hid behind the targeted sanctions as an excuse for the lack of progress in the country, demanding they be lifted first. This week a delegation from the coalition government met US politicians in a futile attempt to get that country to remove similar measures. The US said although it recognized the [continue reading]


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