SA's Zulu gets 'love letter' from Mugabe

2013-08-19 10:56
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Cape Town – Zimbabwe’s president-elect Robert Mugabe has swallowed his pride by apologising to SADC over his spat with South African President Jacob Zuma's international relations adviser Lindiwe Zulu during the facilitation process, a report said on Monday.

According to News Day, sources who attended the regional bloc's closed-door meeting on Saturday in Malawi disclosed that Mugabe chanted an emotional poetic apology to Zuma throwing the whole room into stitches.

SADC are the guarantors of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) brokered in 2008 following the disputed presidential runoff leading to the formation of the country’s coalition government.

"I love you Ms Lindiwe, I love you, I don't hate you. It was a time when everyone was campaigning and one can do anything in order to win the elections," Mugabe said.

However, Zulu, who was not in the meeting, said she was surprised to hear that Mugabe had apologised.

She said the whole process taught her important lessons in life.

"I was not in the meeting, but everyone is telling me that I missed my love letter," Zulu said.

Street woman

Zuma, who spoke to Zulu in the presence of the News Day reporter, said: "You missed your new love proposal from Mugabe yesterday [Saturday], but well he now loves you."

Zulu also said she was not deterred from doing her work by Mugabe who wanted a win-win situation.

"We were supposed to do our work impartially and Mugabe felt we were doing it the wrong way. Our only wish was to see the roadmap implemented," she said.

Mugabe last month threatened to pull out of SADC due to what he described as "stupid things" being done by "idiotic" people within the regional bloc.

During the same month Mugabe also warned Zuma to stop Zulu from commenting on Zimbabwe’s political crisis, as the veteran leader stepped up electioneering.

"That persistent negative voice from South Africa, could it be stopped," Mugabe told thousands of supporters at a campaign rally in the Matabeleland region.

"I appeal to president Zuma to stop this woman of theirs from speaking on Zimbabwe," said Mugabe referring to Zulu. "We were given one facilitator, that's president Zuma and only his voice should speak. No other voices," he said.

It was Mugabe's second attack on Zulu as he had earlier called her a "street woman".

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  lindiwe zulu  |  jacob zuma  |  zimbabwe  |  zimbabwe elections 2013  |  southern africa

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