Zuma arrives for Madagascar crisis talks

2012-08-08 09:28

Victoria - South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in the Seychelles Wednesday to help broker a deal in a second round of talks between Madagascar's president and the man he ousted three years ago.

Madagascar has been mired in political crisis since leader Andry Rajoelina toppled Marc Ravalomanana in March 2009 with the army's support.

"South African President Jacob Zuma has arrived on the Seychelles," a government official told AFP.

Both Rajoelina and Ravalomanana were already on the main Seychelles island of Mahe, where they are expected to meet face to face later on Wednesday.

The rivals on Tuesday met separately with Seychelles President James Michel, who told them "the return of stability" to Madagascar is crucial for the wider region.

"It is my hope...we can together reach a consensus that will establish a lasting solution for peace," Michel said in a statement on Tuesday.

The first one-on-one meeting between the rivals ended without a resolution on 25 July at an exclusive resort on Desroches, a private Seychelles island.

The 15-nation Southern African Development Community, which mediated the talks, extended a deadline to 16 August for the rivals to settle their differences.

Since then, the Indian Ocean island has announced the first round of long-awaited elections will take place on 8 May next year.

Although the two last year signed a "roadmap" toward elections, the deal has yet to be fully implemented.

The main point of contention is Ravalomanana's return to his country. Exiled in South Africa for the past three years, he wants to be cleared for the 2013 polls.

He faces life in prison back home after being sentenced in absentia for the killing of demonstrators by his presidential guard during protests that led to his overthrow in 2009.

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-08-08 09:55

    Heyyy BAlloon Head!! When Last did you check on the Crisis in SOUTH AFRICA!!!

      abram.spamers - 2012-08-08 10:17

      We cant ignore our neighbours when they go to war with themselves. Before we know it we might have boatloads of refugees on our hands. People complain that we are not doing anything about Zimbabwe already ... let the man do something right for a change.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-08 09:58

    Our travelling salesman, yes, his own country is in a crisis and he flits around the world. Hope they dont ask him about the education system in south africa, because there is none. I thought he was supposed to be making heads roll, oh sorry, that only when he touches down.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-08 10:48

      And after he had applied his proverbial "mind"

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-08-08 10:01

    What does this idiot know about CRISIS. Ask any one in the world.

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-08-08 10:01

    Zuma is travelling around to try and solve other people's problems when "his" country CLEARLY has many of its own that he should look at first. Typical.

  • herman.heil - 2012-08-08 10:02

    See what crap the anc votes for, a useless jetsetter.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-08-08 10:04

    Shame and he did not get to go in his new plane. Well at least he has enough school books to help him in these negotiations.

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-08-08 10:05

    Another holiday trip? What about problems in SA? These ANC fat cats are certainly the laughing stock of the world. Is Madagascar not part of the AU? If so, then why are they not doing something about it? Palookas the whole lot

  • tebo.go.5 - 2012-08-08 10:06

    I believe charity begins at home, this man cant be resolving other peoples issues when he is in dire need of a resolution back home.

  • raath - 2012-08-08 10:15

    Is he going to learn how to deal with a crisis while there? There is no way he can help Madagascar...

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-08 10:16

    Please come back and solve our problems in SA - most of which has been caused by your ANC party. Thank you.

      luke.dekoker - 2012-08-08 10:45

      Rather DON'T come back..looking for a place to "exile"??

      raath - 2012-08-08 11:19

      I hear Siberia is a great place for exile...

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-08-08 10:22

    well, he could broker himself out of rape charges, arms deal charges and other corruption charges. This should be no challenge for our learned president.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-08-08 10:29

    Stop wasting our HARD EARNED MONEY Zuma, you just want a free holiday that's all.

  • anele.cweya - 2012-08-08 10:37

    Who is pres Zuma to tell ppl abt discepline?who is pres Zuma to say anything abt discepline?when he lack self-disceplinen.J.MALEMA

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-08-08 10:39

    He can't even sort out SA's problems, but hey he has to justify his expense account or is he checking on his stached moneys?

  • Michael - 2012-08-08 11:00

    Sometimes it is a good idea not to comment if there is nothing to comment about, some comments here are lacking substance.

  • dekkeranton - 2012-08-08 12:33

    First Jamaica, and now the Seychelles, from one tropical paradise to the next. ” Hey, Mr. President, may I remind you of the country you are suppose to be the chief executive of! I think it is time you stop wasting our tax money on extensive expensive tropical island hopping with your extensive expensive family and come home to solve some crisis’s here at home. Like the non-delivery of basic services, crime, education, healthcare, unemployment, poverty, corruption, etc. the list carries on and on! Your own political party is so divided it edges on complete self destruction, and your own position as president is currently rather precarious. You might not be aware of it, but the majority of the citizens in this country want to see you leave office as soon as possible and most probably at the ANC Mangaung elective congress at the end of the year!” Nero is playing his fiddle while Rome is burning!

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-08 13:09

    Spreading the cANCer to the rest of Africa! Wants to ruin the entire continent. SA is not enough!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-08 14:49

    Geez, children in Limpopo have no school books yet and he is off to Madagascar. Are they planning on keeping him there?.

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