Zuma reins in top Zimbabwe envoy

Posted on Jul 22 2013 - 8:07am by admin

Recent comments made by members of President Jacob Zuma’s technical team on the situation in Zimbabwe were “unfortunate”, the South African presidency has said. 

Mac Maharaj

Mac Maharaj

“The Presidency has noted with great concern, recent unfortunate statements made on the situation in Zimbabwe,” spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Maharaj said the comments were attributed to a team member supporting Zuma in his role as a facilitator, with South Africa appointed by Southern African Development Community (SADC) to offer assistance to help Zimbabwe’s political parties resolve their differences.

Zuma’s team comprised of Mozambique high commissioner Charles Nqakula as its head, Maharaj, and Lindiwe Zulu, international relations advisor to the president.

The AFP news agency reported on Friday that Zulu had said there were challenges leading up to the July 31 elections in Zimbabwe, following problems with early voting.

Reportedly thousands of Zimbabwean security forces could not make their mark in early voting with polling stations opening late, and lacking indelible ink, stamps, voter rolls, ballot papers, and boxes.

“If things didn’t go right in the special vote, those things need to be looked into by the time of elections on July 31,” Zulu said.

Maharaj said the technical team supported Zuma in his role as facilitator, could not impose its views on Zimbabwe, nor make public pronouncements.

“Only President Zuma has the mandate to speak on Zimbabwe on behalf of SADC on facilitation issues,” Maharaj said.

“A number of statements have been made during the facilitation process which have been unauthorised and which are regrettable and unfortunate. Some of the utterances have also been inaccurate.”

The presidency said reports stating Zuma had telephoned Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe to express his unhappiness about election preparations were incorrect.

“No such telephone call has been made,” said Maharaj.

Zuma had also been alerted to “inappropriate postings” in social media on the situation in Zimbabwe.

“South Africa remains fully committed to the warm historical relations with the Republic of Zimbabwe and wishes the people of Zimbabwe well as they prepare for the elections,” said Maharaj. SAPA

  • tata

    STUPID “CURRY” MAHARAJI. YOU SHUD REIGN IN ZANU WHO CANT PLAY ACCORDING TO THE GAME RULES OTHERWISE SHUIT UP AND ENJOY SOUTH AFRICAN LIFE WITH INDIAN CURRY POWDER. YOU ARE INTERFERING WITH ZIMBABWEANS LIVES. ITS YOU AND MBEKE WHO SAVED MUGABE AFTER HE WAS BEATEN AT THE 2008 POL BY ZIMBABWEANS WHO WANT A NEW DISPENSATION. TRAITOR! SELL-OUT. THATS WHY KENYA BOOTED ALL INDIANS AFTER INDEPENDENCE. YOU GUYS AT HELM OF ANC ARE CORRUPT EXCEPT A FEW. YOU THRIVE ON ZIMBABWE S INSTABILITY AS A WHOLE COUNTRY SUCKING UP LABOUR RESOURCES , ,SKILLS, BUSINESS, TOURISM AND AS SUCH YOU DONT WANT TO SEE A BETTER ZIMBABWE

  • tata

    VIVA LINDIWE ZULU. IGNORE MAHARAJI. THAT MAHARAJI SHUD GO BACK TO DELHI AND HELP SCHOOLS WITH CHILDREN EATING CYNADE POISONED FOOD. YU FRUSTRATING ZULU. ZULU KNOWS HOW CORRUPT MUGABE IS. ZULU HAS GRASSROOTS KNOWLEDGE ABT SITUATION IN ZIMBABWE. SHE TALKS TO ZIMABWEANS IN SOUTH AFRICA INJOBURG, DURBAN, EVERYWHERE, YES MUGABE CALLED HER A STREET WOMWN BUT SHE IS WISE AND INTELLIGENT AND STANDS FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE OPPRESSED . HOW COME MAHARAJI WANTS US TO BE LED BY A MAN WHO IS SICK, 90YRS OLD AND IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE RETIREMENT HOME , IN BULAWAYO’S EMTHUNZINI WETHEMBA. MUGABE IS NOT OLD TO HAVE RETIRED BUT HIS MENTAL CAPACITY IS A LIABILITY TO THE COUNTRY NO MATTER HOW MUCH SPEW HE CAN VOMIT AGAINST THE PPLE OF ZIM AND WEST.. CHANGE IS IMMINENT LOOK AT THE PPLE,S RALLIES IN BYO , KWEKWE EVEN IN RURAL AREAS. ZIMS. AMANDLA! …….MAITIRO CHINJA… MUGABE KUPENSION…VIVA ZULU, QAWE LAMA QAWE. SIYAKUBONGA ZULU, YOU ARE A GREAT DOTTER OF THE ZIMBABWEANS. VIVA NELSON MANDELA, VIVA STEVE BIKO, VIVA TONGOGARA DOWN WITH MUGABE, DOWN WITH MBEKI THE SELL OUT

  • Thomas

    Sungai imbwa dzenyu!

  • Chokwadi

    Viva Zulu. Please baba Jukwa get us Zulu’s numbers so we can send her messages of appreciation.

  • Soko

    Zanu and ANC are 2 sides of the same coin and nothing will ever break their liberation brotherhood we r jus being taken for a ride by both ,The ANC has jus shifted tactics from quite diplomacy to being more vocal so as to be seen and heard doing something but their long term strategy is to Keep ZPF in power

  • riman09

    The ANC ‘dog’ has to listen to its ‘master’ Mugarbage!