South African Rivals to Help Promote Peace in Burundi
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) _ Rival local leaders who forged a peace agreement in their troubled region of South Africa will travel to Burundi this week to promote peace between Hutus and Tutsis.
The African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes said it was sending Meshack Radebe of the African National Congress and Sipho Mlaba of the Inkatha Freedom Party to meet community and political leaders in Burundi.
A central African nation with a history of tribal clashes, Burundi has been wracked by sporadic fighting between the majority Hutus and minority Tutsis for almost two years.
Radebe and Mlaba managed to virtually halt chronic fighting between the ANC and Inkatha in Moumalanga in KwaZulu-Natal province, earning an African peace award. The fighting stemmed from a power struggle for control of the traditional Zulu homeland.