Mugabe threatens to reject Zuma as mediator

2012-02-20 11:15

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe threatened on Monday to reject South African counterpart Jacob Zuma as facilitator for the tense power-sharing government formed to stop Zimbabwe's political melt-down.

Mediators from the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) brokered the power-sharing deal between Mugabe and rival Morgan Tsvangirai in 2008, and have appointed Zuma to oversee implementation of the pact.

But Zuma's facilitation team has riled Mugabe's Zanu-PF party by pushing for faster implementation of reforms agreed to in the deal.

"We can reject Zuma in broad daylight. We have already told him that," he said in excerpts from an interview to be aired by state-run Radio Zimbabwe ahead of his 88th birthday on Tuesday.

"We have said, 'No, we are not forced to accept him.' But we don't want to do that [reject him], we don't want to fight each other,'" Mugabe said.

He also took a swipe at Zuma's international relations adviser Lindiwe Zulu, a key member of the facilitation team, saying she was not authorised to act on Zuma's behalf.

"This woman Lindiwe Zulu thinks it's South Africa" that is the mediator, he said. "It's not South Africa but President Zuma and Zuma alone."

Last year Zanu-PF attacked Zulu after she warned Zimbabwe risked sliding into chaos if Mugabe died because he had no clear successor in place.

The party, which analysts say risks fracturing if the ageing president dies, called the statements "reckless and inflammatory".

Mugabe and Tsvangirai formed the power-sharing government in 2009 to mend an inflation-ravaged economy and stem political violence after a bloody presidential run-off election.

The rivals agreed to a raft of reforms including amending electoral and media laws and drafting a new constitution to pave the way to fresh polls.

But work on the constitution has run in fits and starts, hindered by attacks on meetings by Zanu-PF supporters.

  • Penny-wise - 2012-02-20 11:35

    BAWAHAHAHA, this is SO funny. African incompetence at its very best !!! HAHAHAHAHA

      Perfume - 2012-02-20 12:21

      Ubhejane, and you should return to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria or wherever you hail from!!!!!

      Paul - 2012-02-20 13:01

      Dunno where he comes from, but it appears that he lives up a tree

      Morama - 2012-02-20 17:33

      @Perfume,we can see your respond to Ubhejane but where's his initial comment?Ok,it's deleted?News24 users are report and delete the comments that are against yours and that's not this site is not all about!!!How can you guys do that instead of leaving all comments so that we can show whoever is thought to be thinking differently to the majority a way of seeing things in a different and positive way.If most of the people can have that character then ANC would be dethroned but opposite to that then we are stuffed!!!

  • Nigel - 2012-02-20 11:41

    delusional idiot!!!

      Henri - 2012-02-20 11:55

      Nothing is foolproof to a talented fool.

  • Sean - 2012-02-20 11:44

    A true dictator clinging onto his last bastion of power. He knows that the moment he is out he will be taken out by somebody, so its fear that is keeping him in power. The sooner he goes, the quicker Zim can have its freedom back and just perhaps, they can start returning their farming back to its former glory

      Ron - 2012-02-20 13:24

      Akuenwebe, we reserve our constitutional right to comment as we please. And what are you doing in South Africa anyway?

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-02-20 11:44

    Ignore the old pumpkin seems like a good plan, but will also cause more problems. It is time to use mediators that is impartial and not from the southern African area at all. personally I do not see things getting better in Zim, unless military action is taken.

      Emil - 2012-02-20 12:26

      Military action by who. The ZNF is the strongest and most experienced. remember they came to save our butts when we were getting hit by Lesotho. Remember. That's why the Nato guys have stayed clear.

      David - 2012-02-20 13:02

      I suppose you are having a European mediator in mind? Who says Europeans are independent (read trustworthy)? They are the worst snakes you will ever finds anywhere.

  • Peter - 2012-02-20 11:47

    Send the two on a vacation, they always are anyway.

  • procold2 - 2012-02-20 11:51

    He cant threaten to pee straight never mind theatening about rejecting zuma.

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-02-20 11:54

    The pot, the kettle, foot in mouth, better to stay quiet.

  • Phumi - 2012-02-20 11:55

    The sooner Mugabe washes his hands off Mr. Shower the better off that country will be. Mr. Showerman cannot even solve our land and economic issues here and he has proven himself an asset to be manipulated by white monopoly capital. Mugabe must press on with the elections and ensure that he enforces those reforms he made in that country and not bow down to any pressure group! Zimbabwe belongs to Mugabe and the people of that country who gave him a mandate to lead. South Africa has too much lenient foreign and domestic policy with too much liberal laws . Hence we can never move forward with the total emancipation of Africans in general and blacks in particular! I am glad the AU rejected our chairmanship because we would have turned the whole progressive agenda to the one perusing neo-liberal policies!

      sidney.gilroy - 2012-02-20 12:01

      Phumi...just because you use big words - does not mean you understand them or their application. Why don`t you just use simple phrases such as : "I am an idiot who blindly follows whoever climbs out of a Mercedes and talks race at my squater camp."

      Bryan - 2012-02-20 12:07

      Phumi... You have now just proved to be nothing more than a pot plant! Clearly you took an overdose of your stupid tablets this morning hey?

      Lambert - 2012-02-20 12:20

      spotlight on phumi,you deserve a bottle of bells man ,keep up man you will never die

      Nigel - 2012-02-20 12:21

      class of 1998, that would make you about 30, assuming you matriculated & at a normal age., I suppose you consider yourself to part of the militant youth, brainwashed by Mr Malema. You speak like a terrorist, not like someone who has a university education (assuming your FB info is true)

      Akugburugburu - 2012-02-20 12:48

      God bless you and keep you alive. I love you and your comments and your children will live to enjoy tomorrow

      David - 2012-02-20 12:56

      @Nigel. you act true to form. You must b e a graduate of the infamous security branch. Like your former colleagues, you can't even tell the difference between their political believes. To you every black who speaks his mind is a terrorist - clear sign that your mind is poluted as tehre is nothing to do about it. Like it is suggested elsewhere in this page, maybe you should consider joining all ex Rhodesians and also go.

      Shaun - 2012-02-20 13:00

      Phumi The bible says you profess to be wise yet you become a fool. What African country has made it alone without international help. Not one. So stop acting like an interlect and get off your high horse. We are all South Africans black, coloured and white. We have come a long way and when we see ourselves as such SA will Sky Rocket. Malema must be charge for the criminal he is and put away as he is the biggest racist inciting the unemployed blacks to becomne racist ad infiniteme.

      Nigel - 2012-02-20 14:27

      @ david.lebethe, I assume you are a Malema supporter, if you bothered to read my posts you will find that I am anti-corruption, anti-intollerence, anti-millitancy not anti-black, don't judge me by my profile picture. There are many blacks on this forum that talk perfect sense & I say so...

      Theprodigy - 2012-02-20 15:36

      @ david.lebethe, you hate whites because your son was not accepted at university because his grades were 10% lower than the minimum requirement, you think because you are an attorney you are suddenly superior to everyone, & your behavior shows you arrogance, its people like you that become dictators that oppress their own people.

      rusty.kruger - 2012-02-21 08:56

      @Phumi: you are so ignorant its not even funny. @David.lebethe: it is mostly the rural black people in this country that live below the poverty line and fight a daily struggle. but as soon people like you make it out and into the real world, it's all about yourself and nobody else. you are terrorists because you preach about something you know nothing about ie. you were brainwashed with the rest of the masses. you are not speaking your mind! only something you were made too believe is right. you are such a fool. your favourite quote: "Black man, you are on your own." who the hell said that, was it you? cause although there is so many of you, you never seem to learn how to work together for a better future, it's always about self enrichment, no ethics, no moral values in society and no consideration to anyone else, especially to other black people. ps, talking about a certain youth league, not all black south africans as i have many wonderful black friends and colleagues.

  • SiphoMalele - 2012-02-20 11:56

    My teacha tell me mugabe is the king of all afrika. Is it true?

      Leon - 2012-02-20 12:27

      Jor tietcher she are koerect,da king of de piepoels.;)

      Marcell - 2012-02-20 12:31

      Yes, king of the dung heap.

      Akugburugburu - 2012-02-20 12:50

      yes is the answer I love him, if you can reason well

      Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-02-20 13:09

      No that's definitely not true Sipho many people are dying and suffering in that country and its because of Mugabe your teacher is not telling you the truth

  • malcolm - 2012-02-20 12:01

    Why bother mediating. Let them fight it out amongst themselves. Its not South Africas problem. We should triple efforts to deport Zimbabweans back to Zimbabwe, and triple efforts to stop them coming over the border in the first place. Stop sending them cheap fuel and free electricity. Save South African jobs and give them back to South Africans. Lets help ourselves first for a change, and let the rest of Africa look after themselves. South Africans have enough locally manufactured suffering. We dont need to import more of the stuff.

  • Cosmas - 2012-02-20 12:02

    He alwayz rejects, ha ha haa, mr. madala, is there anything productive that you have accepted, give us a break, Zuma do your job and tell in his face...

  • Perfume - 2012-02-20 12:10

    And won't be long Zimbobwe will be asking that all Zimbabweans living in South Africa, must return home (my sarcasm at best)

  • Nigel - 2012-02-20 12:16

    a new job opportunity for jobless Malema, Mugabe's mediator...that would be the Zim's unity governments worst nightmare, can you imagine

  • Stan - 2012-02-20 12:16

    Cool Mugabe... Who cares who you want as a mediator. Please do us all a favour and recall all your citizens from RSA!!

  • msturmair - 2012-02-20 12:19

    uncle bob needs to go, mugabe has shown no mercy on zimbabeans and who the hell does he think to go and call shots, zim people needs to open eyes and realise they have the power to over throw mugabe and vote for someone who is going to help them recover from the negatives.......someone needs to give mugabe a slap and send him to weskoppies - mad house and then have all his riches taken away and use to upgrade zim and better the situation there......zuma tell him to go to hell and lets do what is right for people of africa.........get rid of the fat cats = greed / racism / crime - after all we have the best continent in the world people need to wake up and make it wow....

  • Thoka - 2012-02-20 12:20

    Some prophets say uncle bob will die within 20 days (city press). lets start counting days.

      Perfume - 2012-02-20 12:28

      LMAO Thoka are you serious, off to read the City Press

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-20 12:56

      I thought TBJ said 40 days????

  • braamc - 2012-02-20 12:23

    Can't the cancer progress. Vrek your piece of filth

  • Akugburugburu - 2012-02-20 12:40

    If you call my father Mugabe senile old dog, you insult your own father and not him, How old are you stupid Idiot to insult Mugabe, what ever he said is the truth and nothing but the truth , where where you old father if you ever have a father, when the Waite useless Idiots are taking our people to slavery? You are among those who calls your fellow brothers and sister forefingers, while whites forefingers are accepted as your brothers and sisters, when will you learn your lesson fool From Akuenwebe of Nigeria

      sidney.gilroy - 2012-02-20 12:58

      Your beloved Nigeria will be in the grips of a civil war long befor Mugabe lays down his head for the last time. Because that is all Africa is good at - making war, spreading disease and genocide.

      Shaun - 2012-02-20 13:05

      Go back to Nigeria you pop hole. We dont need you here in South Africa. Nigeria has got plenty of oil money

      Phillys - 2012-02-20 13:10

      "forefathers" you illiterate nigerian idiot , not "forefingers"!!! A forefinger is something you have on both hands and can be used to scratch a "mugabe" out of your a&se or if you stick it up your large left nostril, you can also change your mind manually!!! :)

      richard.uys1 - 2012-02-20 13:24

      You and your sicko bunch of so called humans are not welcome in South Africa just go away man go away.

      Taetjo - 2012-02-20 13:26

      Go home!

      djmain1 - 2012-02-20 13:28

      Any chance of some coke?

      David - 2012-02-20 13:42

      @Akugburugburu. Immigration officers and the SAPS will have to invade C ape_Town and George one of these days. I am sure they will will come out wioth loads full of vans.

      Theprodigy - 2012-02-20 14:46

      @ akukbru, you r a dumb twat, piss off back to Nigeria

      Jeremy - 2012-02-20 15:50

      I thought your name had that tone of Nigerian corruption to it, what are you, a drug dealer, pimp, witchdoctor? Who go dash u now? You do realise that you come from one of THE MOST despised places on earth? Your countries exports fill many prisons all over the earth. Nigeria hey? One totally wrecked place. What are you doing here? Recruiting slaves, buying politicians, human trafficking? Why don't you go back to your hell hole of a country and stop exporting your brand of African Agenda?

  • CALAMITYSA - 2012-02-20 12:42

    Zuma - Tell Mugabe he has LOST TWO elections and must leave. But then - it is an African culture not to accept a loss in an election. Do you dare to do that?? The majority of the Zim people wants him OUT. That's democratic. So get him out.

      David - 2012-02-20 13:47

      @CalamitySA. Your just presence in this country is b ringing us calamity. You should be the first to consider leaving. If you are not happy with how we live, why c an't you just leave us in peace? I am sure New Zealand and Australia (and so are European countries) will be too willing to accept you.

  • Phillys - 2012-02-20 12:58

    I see in the press last thursday, that Mugarbage's oncologist asked for a sperm, stool and urine sample from the ageing tyrant recently. Mugarbage's wife simply sent him a used pair of the old c*nt's underpants!!!! ;)

      Perfume - 2012-02-20 14:12


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  • General.AlanMuller - 2012-02-20 13:04

    BoB why don't you just....

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-02-20 13:15

    @Nick, To call a people "waste" is dispicable and sick, and it is obvious that this is a remark against Black people. IT IS RACIST. Try harder !!!!!!!

  • RobertKeeling - 2012-02-20 13:22

    If you don't play according to MugApe's rules, you're out! Simple as that. And his rules will only favour him and his close allies that keep him in power.

  • Gavin - 2012-02-20 13:26

    The problem that exists here is that Mugabe will not surrender/share power with anyone at anytime ever. No matter who goes to negotiate with him. He makes false promises that satisfy the masses and then doesn't deliver. The non delivery of the false promises gives his royal highness time to accumulate even more wealth etc. If you ask me, the problem here is that there is an absence of spines. Mugabe has to be admired for the fact that he hasn't budged an inch on this matter, and has no intention of ever doing so. He's like a slow moving cancer and it's all but killed his great country. So I suggest you all stop with the insults and take a long hard look at what the real problem is: the world has elected leaders that have no souls or spines. This is why the world is broke and adrift in a very stormy world. Vote with your brain, not your heart. Here endeth the lesson.

  • Graham - 2012-02-20 14:01

    Isn't the ANC pro ZANU-PF?

      Theprodigy - 2012-02-20 15:53

      isn't the ANCYL pro ANC?, sure, until a few months ago, now they hate each other, same with Sanu-PF & ANC. They are like a drug cartel, friends one day, enemies the next aways fighting over money & power. Their greed comes 1st, they don't care about their own people, just themselves.

  • Neil - 2012-02-20 14:14

    News24 did I hit the nail on the head with my comment? Why have I been "CenSIRD?" Surely not for violating any of your terms. Does the ANC own you as well now, like they do SABC?

  • Ziggie - 2012-02-20 15:34

    1 idiot rejecting another

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-02-20 15:46

    Isn't it strange how that despot Bob will gladly take our money for his ailing country that he has brought to its knees yet when advice is offered threatens to reject Zuma again we have been used as the money given is our tax money , i think we should wash our hands of that dictator and his cronies and starve him out , the only people really left in Zim are his supporters so they can make a choice of getting rid of him or joining him , i think his message to South Africa ( who is propping him up ) is loud and clear send money but don't interfere we know what we doing

  • mashavha - 2012-02-21 07:13

    oh God please take this Dictator away,I am sure there is enough room in hell for him

  • Misheck - 2012-02-21 08:05

    Why clign to power...give others a chance

  • Sandy - 2012-02-21 08:19

    Time to heed off to the kraal

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      Fred - 2012-02-24 02:59

      A little extreme wouldn't you say? :) :)

  • shaperdn - 2012-02-23 23:53

    who cares ,africa is in our hands and we like to do it in an african way.this westernlife has changed our cultural wy of living.we were happy by then,infact ,africa will never see peace.therefore,mugabe is trying to fight our peace back,lets support him!!!!!!!!!

      Fred - 2012-02-24 02:53

      There's no such thing as "the good old days". It's a lie. And Africa has never known peace in the way you describe. It's a fantasy.

      Fred - 2012-02-24 02:57

      As for your thoughts about Robert Mugabe, no offense, you're supporting a murdering egomaniac who has ravaged your country and caused suffering to many, many people.

      Fred - 2012-02-24 02:59

      And to anticipate a possible response: it's not the so-called West's fault, although there are negative, degrading elements of so-called Western culture for sure. But then there are very negative and degrading aspects of African culture too, which must not be overlooked, such as extreme chauvinism, paternalism, nepotism, and corruption.

      tmomoza2 - 2012-12-23 17:35

      I support him 100%......

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