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Allister Sparks Criticizes Zuma’s Stance on Zimbabwe

First DraftsAllister Sparks, author of First Drafts, and regular columnist for Business Day, has come out with guns blazing after President Zuma’s pleas to Gordon Brown to “drop” sanctions against Zimbabwe. Of course it might have helped had England actually imposed sanctions against Zimbabwe. Sparks tackles this and other inaccuracies as well as suggesting what steps the President might well insist upon being taken.

Whatever President Zuma may have gained for our country during his state visit to Britain, the sad thing is he failed to seize the one opportunity he had to transform his international image completely — which was to come out strongly with a decisive new policy to resolve the protracted mess in Zimbabwe. To show that he is not just a continuation of Thabo Mbeki on this morally definitive issue.

Instead he tried to persuade British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to scrap what he called the European Union’s “sanctions against Zimbabwe.” This was dumbfounding. He must have known it was a non-starter.

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