oa Africa Insight - Zambia, Zimbabwe and economic warfare against South Africa

Volume 16, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The president of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, Mr John Mkushi, was viciously castigated by Zimbabwean politicians when in October 1985 he warned that the country's economy would ""grind to a standstill within a matter of months"" if Zimbabwe imposed sanctions against South Africa. Mr Mugabe probably knows this to be true. However, he was clearly more concerned with the impression that his bravado would make at the meeting of non-aligned states in Harare than with the dire consequences for his economy. By taking up Mr Pik Botha's challenge to Zambia and Zimbabwe to declare economic war against South Africa, Mr Mugabe has embarked on a course in which the odds against him are much longer than against his powerful neighbour. South Africa can readily trump any hostile step he might choose to take.

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