April 21 2007 at 04:22PM
President Thabo Mbeki's having written letters to both Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change was welcome news, the Democratic Alliance said on Saturday.
"Failure to do so (writing to both) would have suggested a partiality which is inappropriate in the person requested to mediate between the two sides," the party's Douglas Gibson said.
He said the people of Zimbabwe and the whole of the region was looking to Mbeki to achieve a breakthrough. The DA would back Mbeki's efforts.
"Firstly, in order to make a success of the policy that government has embarked upon, President Mbeki must first admit that Zanu-PF has become a dictatorship. Any one president who stays in power for 27 years is a dictator. Secondly, South Africa must insist that President Mugabe does not run in the 2008 elections."
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