Last week, something important happened in Maputo. For the first time SADC, the Southern African Development Community, made a statement on Zimbabwe which puts real pressure on ZANU (PF) and President Mugabe. It demands that the President and Morgan Tsvangirai to resolve their differences and move forward the Global Political Agreement.
Firstly, it “urged” both parties in Zimbabwe’s Inclusive Government to “comply with the spirit and letter” of the GPA.
Secondly, it urged the parties not to allow the situation to deteriorate any further.
Thirdly, it tasked the two parties to engage in “dialogue” on all the outstanding issues from the GPA and gave them 30 days to do so.
Tsvangirai, having lost his temper over the Roy Bennett scandal, agreed to re-engage.
Until now, the SADC has been a close supporter of ZANU (PF) and the President. Why have they now turned on us? Because we deserve it!
Finally, South Africa – i.e. Jacob Zuma – has thrown its weight fully behind the GPA. Sources who were at the summit report that Zuma ran the show and, behind closed doors, all but banged heads together to get the statement.
Now both sides will have to stop arguing and get on with the job of putting Zimbabwe back together.