Zuma set for 'make or break talks' in Zim
Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma is expected in Zimbabwe in the next few days for make or break talks with President Robert Mugabe and other leaders in the shaky inclusive government on the timing of elections, News Day reported on Thursday.
Mugabe has intensified calls for polls this year with or without a new constitution - a move that has been dismissed by South Africa.
According to the report, the dispute between Mugabe's Zanu-PF party and Zuma's facilitation team on fresh elections has "degenerated into an ugly public spat setting the stage for a confrontation between the two leaders".
The report said Zuma's advisor Lindiwe Zulu confirmed that her boss was preparing for the trip.
"I don’t have the exact date yet, but all I can confirm is that he has to come to Harare as soon as possible," she said.
Attempts by News24 to get confirmation proved fruitless.
Zuma has just returned from a trip to Botswana, Namibia and Angola, during which he was reportedly mobilising regional support to tackle the sticky Zimbabwean problem.
The SA leader is also expected to consult Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara on the way forward.