There is no longer any hope the union-led Movement for Democratic Change can remove Mugabe from power peacefully. Now, his thugs are killing MDC supporters, union leaders have been arrested, and the regime is moving to break the organised labour. This is typical behaviour of a regime moving into totalitarianism the unions represent the largest political organisations outside of the State, as such, they are a barrier to absolute State power and must be eliminated. Things are shaping up to get much worse in Zimbabwe if Mugabe stays in power.
Military action seems to be the only option left. A smart campaign could be conducted relatively bloodlessly but it would have to be led by South Africa, the only country in the region with the standing and the military might to carry out such an action. And South Africa is showing no will to act.
A third of Zimbabwe’s population has left for South Africa, creating social unrest. South Africa’s unions have stood by the people of Zimbabwe against Mugabe; South African workers have refused to unload a shipment of Chinese arms bound for Mugabe’s regime. Yet, the South African government continues to protect Mugabe and refuses to act against him. The ANC is still unwilling to turn against a man who led an African freedom movement against white oppression.
It is time for South Africa’s leaders to face the face that their old ally has become the enemy they once fought against. It’s time for South Africa to remove him from power, and New Zealand should offer its support.