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Mbeki Steps Up

South Africa finally shifts to deal with Mugabe as inflation skyrockets.

10:00 AM, Aug 22, 2005 • By ROGER BATE
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Her personal thoughts, so obviously endorsed by Mbeki, come at a time when South Africa has greater bargaining power over Zimbabwe than ever before. Unable to agree a substantial deal with China and too poor to buy food or fuel, Mugabe has been forced to turn to his powerful neighbor for a rescue package. Mbeki, leading the African Union and backed by the IMF, just might be able to bring Mugabe to the negotiating table.

Roger Bate is a resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute.