SA unmoved by 'contrived' diplomatic row

HARARE - South Africa remains unmoved by Zanu PF’s constant goading of President Jacob Zuma in their futile bid to stump his impartial mediation in Zimbabwe’s perennial political crisis.

A highly-placed source in Pretoria said yesterday that Zuma and the South African government were “well aware” that the provocations by elements in Zanu PF were meant to derail Pretoria’s efforts to mitigate “the suffering of the people of Zimbabwe”.

“Everyone here has taken note of the unprovoked insults and provocations by some leaders of Zanu PF which are all meant to derail President Zuma’s even-handed mediation of the political crisis in Zimbabwe, as well as South Africa’s efforts to assist Zimbabweans. It is an act of desperation ahead of the July 31 elections,” the official, who requested anonymity, said.

“This is clearly why President Zuma has taken the deliberate, pragmatic and wise decision to diffuse the contrived diplomatic row between Harare and Pretoria which is meant to confuse issues and to derail President Zuma’s mediation.

“Sadly for these anarchists (in Zanu PF), this won’t work. We will not give them any excuses for the problems that are threatening the democratisation process as the elections loom. These anarchists must know however, that they will soon have to account for their actions.”

The official spoke as President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF were ratcheting up their attacks on Zuma and his trusted international relations adviser, Lindiwe Zulu — threatening to ignite a full-scale diplomatic row between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Mugabe tore into Zuma at a political rally in Matabeleland at the weekend — comparing him scathingly and derisively to his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, and accusing him of taking too much of a back seat in his role as a facilitator to the Zimbabwean crisis. He also, once again, lashed at Zulu.

Earlier this month, Mugabe referred to Zulu as a “stupid and idiotic street woman”, further calling on Zuma to rein her in — prompting the South African leader to try and defuse the row on Sunday.

Zuma’s spokesperson Mac Maharaj said: “We realise that Zimbabwe has just a few days to go before the elections and we want to assure that no future incident will arise ... Statements with regard to the election process will only come from President Zuma”.

He said Mugabe’s concerns had not been on the agenda of the meeting of Sadc’s Troika that was held in Pretoria on Saturday.

“No questions arose over the removal of any of President Zuma’s technical facilitation team ... no investigation is being conducted,” Maharaj said.

“There was a simple question ... did anyone make a statement out of turn; has the statement caused any problems; are these problems such that they deflect from the real issues Zimbabwe faces? Our statement is intended to remove this (contention) from the table,” Maharaj said.

Comments (7)

Thats Mzansi for you - diplomacy par excellence. Gukurahundis are very funny - heehe!! hehe!! soveregnity; hehe!! hehe!! sovereignity and yet they are landlocked and depend on South Africa for virtually 80% of their economic lifeline. How do you say neigbours should not interfer and yet your Gukurahundism is causing illegal emigration into your neighbour's territory. In fact, it is actually you who is inteferring in South Africa's sovereignity and not the other way round. Mzansi continue, you are on the right track - the Gukurahundis will soon pay for thei sins, never mind!!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 23 July 2013

I have always maintained that zpf should never underestimate msholozi he is got trick or two up his sleeve. SA is right jus not give mugabe any excuse and when the elections are not free and fair Zuma and Lindiwe can just say i told u so!

obama4eva - 23 July 2013

Mati madii? Zanoids are quick to forget that it was SA which arbitered a GPA amendment to our constitution. Why didn't they tell SA and SADC to stop meddling in our sovhareniti? The horse has bolted, Bob. You are at the whims are pleasure of msholozi. By the way, lest you say you were not warned....this business of saying the military is beyond your control, some of them are still in war mode is not an excuse for intransingence. if anything, we are headed for another contentious election and the outcome of this is.....SADC will ask what use is it talkign to you and negotiating with you when you clearly are not in power and the generals are? You will be shown short shrift, as the Brits say.

Omuhle - 23 July 2013

Interesting take Omuhle..interesting indeed!

gutter poet - 23 July 2013

Zuma like everybody else sane enough sees it as folly to get involved in such vitriol which Mugabe is an expert at. Let ZANU not get any excuse for anything and as for their outbursts please just ignore them. What else do you expect from that gang

Zimbabwean - 24 July 2013

Should Mugabe lose the support of SA and SADC then if he wins elections through rigging, the economy of Zimbabwe will colapse within the first 6 months of his illegal tenure in office. Zimbabweans will suffer worse than prior to 2008.

Zizi - 24 July 2013

Mugabe and his colleagues are attacking Zuma and co., because it is obvious that Zuma and SADC have the final say on the matter of elections. Mugabe should never have signed the G.P.A. It is a global agreement (I think that Thabo Mbeki is smarter than we made him out to be), and what the international community will go along with. Mugabe thinks that he can manipulate the situation if he unilaterally elects judges who will swear him in when he has rigged the elections. Unfortunately, even the judges can not save him from being in a landlocked country that relies almost entirely on South Africa. It hurts Bob so much, that he cannot even make a sensible speech at rallies. All he does is give history lessons and threaten Zuma and Zulu.

arne - 24 July 2013

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