Conditions are deteriorating in Zimbabwe with thousands dying after an outbreak of cholera and thousands more are suffering with adverse poverty conditions and hyper inflationary conditions. Desmond Tutu
is ashamed of his country, South Africa, for failing to act against Mugabe.
Mr. Tutu told BBC
that violence should be used to remove Mugabe from power and then be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). He is dismayed with South Africa’s behavior in the United Nations.
For the world to say no, we're waiting for South Africa's membership of the security council to lapse and then we can take action, that is an awful indictment of a country that has had this proud record of a struggle against a vicious system in the way that we did, that we should have been the one who for a very long time occupied the moral high ground.
South Africa will lose its non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council. Others in politics hope this will help remove one major obstacle to UN action against Mugabe.
Tutu wants South Africa to respond now instead of making thousands more suffer in Zimbabwe. He said if Mugabe doesn’t improve the conditions soon and doesn’t agree with the election pact he made with the opposition, then he says violence is justified in removing Mugabe from power.
He told BBC:
He needs to be warned and his cronies must be warned that the world is not just going to sit by and do nothing, it's going to try and remove them and in addition he is going to be charged before the ICC.