FORMER South African President FW De Klerk brought the curtain down on the “Leaders in Dubai” international leadership summit with a determined resolution that President Robert Mugabe should leave power in Zimbabwe.
The Nobel Peace prize-winner, whose policies dismantled apartheid in South Africa, said his country’s current government needs to exert much more pressure to ensure President Mugabe does not remain in power.
“The sooner Mugabe goes the better for Zimbabwe, the better for South Africa, the better for southern Africa and the better for Africa. He must go!” De Klerk told delegates when questioned.
He said there were three ways of ensuring President Mugabe’s departure, two of which – military intervention and economic sanctions – were popularly opposed.
“The third option is to exert effective pressure, which people say yes to. If I was the president of South Africa today, I would have exerted pressure much earlier and much stronger pressure than the present government has. There is too much velvet in the glove now and too little iron in the fist.” – AME Info.