Where has he been for the past six weeks as thousands of people were terrorised in Zimbabwe?
If you are going to play the part of the elder statesman of the entire universe, the Elder of All Humanity and all that, then you should be speaking up wherever injustice occurs and not when it suits the ANC or Mbeki that he speak up.
His lame excuse for keeping quiet? To “avoid undermining Mbeki’s efforts as mediator.” What a crock of shit! Go back to sleep old man.
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Mandela condemns Mugabe 'failure'
Nelson Mandela makes his first public remarks criticising Robert Mugabe
Former South African leader Nelson Mandela has added his voice to the growing international condemnation of the political violence in Zimbabwe.
In his first public comments about the crisis, he noted "the tragic failure of leadership" of President Robert Mugabe.
Southern African leaders earlier called for Friday's run-off presidential vote to be postponed because conditions did not permit a free and fair election.
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has urged foreign help to end the crisis.
Speaking at a dinner in London to mark his 90th birthday, Mr Mandela said:
"We watch with sadness the continuing tragedy in Darfur. Nearer to home we have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow Africans in our own country and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighbouring Zimbabwe."
Mr Mandela had held his silence until now, says the BBC's diplomatic correspondent James Robbins, to avoid undermining South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki's efforts as chief mediator on Zimbabwe.
Mr Mbeki's policy of "quiet diplomacy" has been criticised for its failure to resolve the crisis in Zimbabwe.
Nelson Mandela spoke few words but they will carry immense weight simply because of who he is, says our correspondent.