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Zimbabwean Civic Activists Submit Crisis Views To South Africa's Mbeki

Representatives of Zimbabwean civil society groups met Tuesday with South Africa's ambassador in Harare to submit their combined views on the crisis negotiations being mediated by South African President Thabo Mbeki on behalf of regional leaders.

National Coordinator Jacob Mafume of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition said activists met South African Ambassador Mlungisi Makalima and gave him a document summarizing the views of a wide range of civic stakeholders.

Represented in discussions with Makalima were the National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, or NANGO, the Save Zimbabwe Campaign, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe and the Women’s Coalition, among others.

NANGO Executive Director Cephas Zinhumwe told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that although Mr. Mbeki said he would not entertain the views of civic organizations, Zimbabwean civil society activists believe that their unified position as expressed in the document transmitted Tuesday will gain his attention.

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