Conflict-ridden African states challenged SA in peace-building efforts

Thabo Mbeki's latest self-published letter addresses South Africa's role in peace-building efforts in African countries, particularly where human rights are concerned.

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi speaks to programme manager of foreign affairs at SA Institute of International Affairs, Aditi Lalbahadur, about the issue.

Listen to the conversation below:

This is an important lesson that South Africa learned in their diplomacy activities, particularly in issues of human rights.

Aditi Lalbahadur, SAIIA programme manager

The minute you become a government, and a government of a very powerful nation on an African continent that is riddled with human rights violations, you have to take cognisance that your words carry enormous weight.

Aditi Lalbahadur, SAIIA programme manager

There's a continuation of human rights violations in both Myanmar and Zimbabwe. There hasn't been a substantive change in a place like Zimbabwe where South Africa led mediation peace-building initiatives in the country.

Aditi Lalbahadur, SAIIA programme manager

South Africa wanted to create spaces of dialogue, create governments of national unity where every party in the conflict has a seat at the table and move together in some kind of consensus moving forward, which is in stark contrast to western interventions.

Aditi Lalbahadur, SAIIA programme manager

To think that the problems of Zimbabwe are solely vested in the figurehead of Robert Mugabe is really naive.

Aditi Lalbahadur, SAIIA programme manager of foreign affairs

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