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Zimbabwe: South African connection

By Jonathan Miller

Updated on 15 April 2008

Papers which seem to be Zimbabwe government minutes of talks with South Africa, show a close link between the nations' ruling parties.

There has been a tough line from South Africa's ruling ANC.

They called the situation in Zimbabwe "dire", with "negative consequences" for the whole region, comments seen as a strong criticism of South African president Thabo Mbeki's upbeat assessment.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's opposition MDC called a general strike today, demanding the full release of election results.

But those who still have a job seemed to ignore the call, fearing a military crackdown by the Mugabe regime.

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