Your editorial (Out of touch as country burns, January 16), argues for SA to play a prominent role in resolving the latest crisis in Zimbabwe. SA, however, has neither the standing nor the inclination to do so. SA'sculpability for the Zimbabwe crisis extends far beyond quiet diplomacy. The government and the ANC actively aided and abetted Zanu-PF in wrecking property rights in that country, which in turn cleared the way for the destruction of the rule of law. Throughout the collapse of Zimbabwe’s economy, Zanu-PF leaders have received rousing ovations in SA.ANC leaders, government officials and cabinet ministers, many of whom are still in positions of power, spoke loudly in defence of their Zimbabwean colleagues, both here and abroad. Many in the South African media and in civil society provided a following wind by writing about how Zimbabwe’s land policies would bring “justice” to that country, just as they do about the SA government’s expropriation policies today. You say that Emm...

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