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Zuma to visit Zimbabwe

2012-08-13 20:42
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Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma will pay a one-day visit to Zimbabwe this week, his spokesperson Mac Maharaj said on Monday.

The visit, set for Wednesday, was in his capacity as Southern African Development Community (SADC) mediator in the Zimbabwe impasse.

"It is part of his ongoing duties to ensure that the country is on the route for a fair, intimidation-free election," Maharaj said.

Zuma was appointed SADC chief mediator on Zimbabwe in 2009, taking over from his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki.

No date had been set yet for Zimbabwe's next elections, which were expected to take place within the next 12 months.

A fragile unity government was formed in Zimbabwe in 2008, featuring President Robert Mugabe and opposition party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

The union followed a highly-contested presidential poll and a spate of post-election violence.

Mugabe has ruled the land-locked country since its independence in 1980.

- SAPA

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