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Terry Crawford-Browne

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War criminals

Business Day, 2007 September 26

It is an exercise in futility to expect that governments — and the Mbeki government in particular — will do anything to oust Robert Mugabe and his thugs.

Governments are part of the problem, rather than the solution, (“Neighbours’ silence on Mugabe the true tragedy,” September 21).

In addition to 4 million Zimbabwean refugees, 5-million Congolese are dead in “Africa’s first world war”. The United Nations reported in 2001 that Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and Mugabe were “the godfathers,” but our government deliberately took no action.

Zimbabwe’s banks help to launder the plunder through the international payments system.

International banking sanctions driven by the churches, not the African National Congress, brought about the collapse of the apartheid government. Mugabe could be gone within days, not months, if only some South African businesses were not so profitably complicit in their crocodile tears and pretensions of business as usual.

All that is required — if civil society or business were actually serious about ridding the continent of these crooks — is the suspension of all Zimbabwean payment transactions until such time as Mugabe is handed over to the International Criminal Court for trial as a war criminal.