Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has told South Africans to mind their own business when it comes to the politics of Zimbabwe. Mbeki said that only Zimbabweans can decided whether or not they want Robert Mugabe to continue as president. Speaking at a discussion at his foundation in Johannesburg on Saturday, Mbeki said:
I would fight with any South African who stands up to say: ‘I, as a South African, say Robert Mugabe must go’
I say it is none of your business. It is the business of the people of Zimbabwe…
If the people of Zimbabwe think that President Mugabe has overstayed his welcome, let them say…president, please go away.
The colonial system was exactly about taking away the possibility for us to determine our own (destiny).
Now, I sit here as a South African and me, I’m going to say to the Zimbabweans: ‘You shut up. I’m going to decide for you who your leader is’ … It is wrong,
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Robert Mugabe is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and statesman who has been President of the Republic of Zimbabwe since 1987. Previously, he was the prime minister of Zimbabwe since the attainment of independence until 1980. He is also the co-founder of the ZANU-PF. By different sections of people both locally and abroad, Mugabe has been viewed as both a ruthless dictator and champion of the previously marginalised interest of the majority black people. Most recently he is most known for leading Zimbabwe into one of its worst periods economically, but also leading the crafting of the land question through the Third Chimurenga exercise of the 2000 - 2010 decade. Read More