Your editorial must be commended for pointing to the ideological roots of SA’s stance vis-à-vis Zimbabwe (“SA’s ineffective Zimbabwe policy needs to forsake ANC taboos (”, September 23).

SA’s policy (as determined by the ANC) has indeed been unsuccessful in that Zimbabwe’s governance and economic crisis continues with no end in sight. It has, however, been successful in maintaining a corrupt and sclerotic “sister revolutionary party” in power. All things considered, the latter was the non-negotiable consideration, and to this end SA was willing to endure much real and reputational damage...

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