Nqakula to lead Zuma's Zim team

2009-11-26 19:05
Johannesburg - Charles Nqakula, former defence minister and current adviser to President Jacob Zuma will lead a team to facilitate talks on the Zimbabwean power-sharing agreement, the presidency said on Thursday.

Nqakula would work with "special envoy" Mac Maharaj, who returns to active politics after retiring as minister in 1999, and international relations adviser Lindiwe Zulu.

"The facilitation team will soon engage with the parties as emissaries of the president, and report back to President Zuma," the presidency said.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will participate in the talks to rescue the floundering agreement which led to the formation of a unity government in February.

'Petty squabbling'

Tsvangirai boycotted the government for three weeks in October amid differences over appointments to key cabinet posts.

His long-time opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change has reportedly claimed that there has been a crackdown against its members by Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party.

Mugabe has refused to appoint Roy Bennett, a top aide to Tsvangirai, as the deputy minister of agriculture, insisting that he first stand trial on terrorism charges.

South Africa's department of international relations and co-operation has described the impasse as "petty squabbling and politicking among the leaders".

A Southern African Development Community Summit earlier this month directed Zuma, as the facilitator, to assess the progress of the talks and report back to it.

A date of the team's departure for Harare has not yet been finalised.
 

Read more on:    charles nqakula  |  zimbabwe

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Autobraking: See just how good they are!

Just how good are automatic brakes on cars these days? Two VW models have been praised by top UK research centre Thatcham. Find out why...

 

Stay safe

Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Mom's driving-school dream come true
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is a good day to go large with your significant other. Let go of obligations, expectations and chores and let the day play...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.