Zuma not done in Zim - presidency

2013-08-14 22:44
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Johannesburg - The presidency on Wednesday dismissed a report that President Jacob Zuma is expected to tell leaders at an SADC summit, that he had accomplished his mission in Zimbabwe.

"The story goes on to speculate that President Zuma would tell regional leaders at the SADC summit, that 'they should relieve him of his job as facilitator and they are likely to agree with him'," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"We wish to clarify that should President Zuma or the South African government have any position on Zimbabwe, such information is communicated directly through to the Southern African Development Community [SADC] or publicly when necessary."

On Tuesday, the Cape Times reported that officials said South Africa had achieved the three main aims of its facilitation of the negotiations among the Zimbabwean parties on behalf of the SADC.

These were the formation of the inclusive government, comprising Zanu-PF and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) factions; the adoption of a new constitution; and the holding of the 31 July presidential, parliamentary, and local government elections.

Maharaj said the presidency distanced itself from the report.

"[The presidency] rejects the utilisation of gossip and rumour to communicate a serious matter as South Africa's mediation role in the neighbouring Zimbabwe."

Zuma will lead a government delegation to the SADC heads of state and government summit in Malawi on 17 and 18 August.

Read more on:    sadc  |  mdc  |  zanu-pf  |  jacob zuma  |  zimbabwe  |  zimbabwe elections 2013  |  southern africa

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