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South African cardinal calls for sanctions against Zimbabwe

The head of the Catholic Church in South Africa, Cardinal Wilfred Napier said this week that he could not understand why the South African government is not considering sanctions against Zimbabwe, given the success that sanctions brought to them.

He then repeated his statement with the rider that sanctions need to be imposed "intelligently" and it should be up to the people of Zimbabwe to decide when they should be lifted.

During the time of apartheid, he said, no progress was made with president PW Botha, and most churches supported the African National Congress's call for sanctions, through the United Democratic Front.

"Sanctions in South Africa brought us a quicker end to the oppression. But I think you have got to do it intelligently," said Napier who is the president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference."
kinds of organisations, including churches, to help the government crush dissent.

South African cardinal calls for sanctions against Zimbabwe (Independent Catholic News 14/7/04)

Zimbabwean clergy describe 'atmosphere of terror' (Independent Catholic News 12/7/04)
Churches raise doubts on fair Zimbabwe poll ( 14/7/04)
Catholic cardinal asks S. Africa to consider sanctions against Zimbabwe (Ecumenical News International 14/7/04)
Clergy Describe 'Atmosphere of Terror' (Catholic Information Service for Africa/Independent Catholic News 13/7/04)
Zim churchmen dismiss dispute ( 13/7/04)

15 Jul 2004