Red News Readers,
Mandela's rebuke to Mugabe is timely. There may be a shift in thinking in South Africa. We can only hope that there is. The fact that Mugabe has been able to go on for so long hurting his people shames the world.
Mugabe's leadership a failure, says Mandela
By Europe correspondent Rafael Epstein, abc
June 26, 2008 - 7:58AMSource: ABC
Pressure increasing ... Nelson Mandela and Gordon Brown this week.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela has spoken out against Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.
He was speaking in London after the British Government stripped Mr Mugabe of his honorary knighthood.
At a London dinner to mark his 90th birthday, Mr Mandela made a brief criticism as he listed global problems.
"We have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow Africans in our own country and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighbouring Zimbabwe," he said.
It is thought to be the first time he has made such an explicit public criticism.
The Queen has approved the annulment of Mr Mugabe's knighthood on the recommendation of Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
The Foreign Office said it was a mark of revulsion at his abuse of human rights and abject disregard for democracy.
The Government had ignored previous calls to strip him of his knighthood, fearing it would merely fuel the President's anti-British tirades.
And British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's senior Sport Minister has written to the England and Wales Cricket Board, insisting they cancel cricket tours involving Zimbabwe. They have done so.
Mr Brown's Government has also announced that it will extend economic sanctions.
That may mean extending the list of people in the regime who face financial and travel restrictions.