Roger Southall, a professor of sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, explains how and why Pretoria's diplomacy has so far failed to use Zimbabwe's dependency on South Africa to force the Mnangagwa regime to stop its ongoing persecution of opposition leaders, dissenters, rights defenders and journalists.
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In the 1980s, while still labelling Nelson Mandela's African National Congress (ANC) political party a “typical terrorist organisation,” Margaret Thatcher's government wooed the South African apartheid regime with promises of a “Marshall Plan for southern Africa”.
Four decades of underestimating Mugabe: how the British never expected he would win Zimbabwe’s 1980 electionFour decades of underestimating Mugabe: how the British never expected he would win Zimbabwe’s 1980 election
Robert Mugabe's controversial landslide victory over longtime political rival Morgan Tsvangirai during Zimbabwe's 2013 election translated into "the biggest defeat for the United Kingdom’s policy in Africa in 60 years."