Zuma statement premature

HARARE - South African President Jacob Zuma risks being hauled into the coals for his premature congratulatory message to his Zimbabwean counterpart.

Zuma endorsed a seal of approval on the just ended elections whose results have been fiercely challenged by MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai who maintains they were rigged in favour of Zanu PF and President Robert Mugabe.

The African Union and Sadc Election Observer Missions, while concluding the elections were peaceful, cited deep flaws in the process.

Yesterday,  Zuma extended his “profound congratulations” to his Zimbabwean counterpart, a statement from South Africa’s Foreign ministry said.

“President Zuma urges all political parties in Zimbabwe to accept the outcome of the elections as election observers reported it to be an expression of the will of the people.”

Against this background, it is surprising and a bit strange that Zuma would rush to endorse Mugabe — ignoring the serious issues raised against the outcome of the elections.

Zuma had been Sadc’s point man in Zimbabwe’s political mediation for four years and had clashed with Mugabe and Zanu PF over non compliance of the terms and principles agreed to in the Global Political Agreement which had led to the formation of the just-ended inclusive government.

But for him to rush to congratulate Mugabe at a time the MDC is preparing to mount a court challenge and seeking Sadc and AU’s intervention, is a bit out of character.

This is so when considering his consistency in trying to have Zimbabwe return to economic and political stability during his time as the Sadc facilitator.

Zuma had steadfastly maintained a tough line on Mugabe to the extent that his international relations advisor Lindiwe Zulu was disparagingly referred to as a ‘street and idiotic woman’ by Mugabe for daring criticise the shambolic poll preparations.

By prematurely sending Mugabe a congratulatory message in the midst of this storm, Zuma has endorsed the outcome of the elections before considering what it is being contested.

The South African leader risks losing the respect he had earned during his mediation in Zimbabwe.

There is nothing wrong with him urging calm and peace in the aftermath of the disputed contest.

But there is reason to question the timing of his statement which endorses a flawed process, as claimed by pro-democracy groups and the MDC.

Comments (11)

President Jacob Zuma is right 100% right. Every normal thinking person is now tired of these mdct cries. Not even one election which they did not discredit. I wonder what kind of democracy the mdct is trying to bring in this country? It is very surprising that you daily news reporters want everybody to think the same way you do. Your belief is that once britain and america says something you have to support it becoz they give something hiding a knife at their backs. Comrade Zuma is right because he sees no evil where it is not there. your so called pro-democracy idiots will never see anything good on our side as long as the outcomes are not in their project's favour. If President Zuma can loose respect from just afew people and gain that respect from the majority can that give him sleepless nights? Never. We respect you Cde Zuma even if it was mdct that won the election I know you were still going to sent conratulatory messages to tsvangirayi and we could still respect you becoz will be doing so according to outcome of the results. They dont want to be beaten as if they won an election since their inception. Very backward thinking.

Takeiteasy Marcaves - 5 August 2013

the above first comment to this article is pure dodis, uri duzvi whoever you are, pamhata mhani, beche ramai vako rakawora, musatanyoko.

hamuridyi - 5 August 2013

mr shower nenyaya yekubvotomoka regai muwone zvamuchaitwa nemasouth africans, muchaitwa seduzvi rinonzi mbeki rakayeuka risisiri president, this is dodis mhani.

hamuridyi - 5 August 2013

makamama maMDC

hhhh - 5 August 2013

well said Takeiteasy, i have reservations on daily news and masiyiwa's motives

pop - 5 August 2013

Lets not concentrate on premature statement from Zuma. It only indicates to level headed South Africans the character of leadership they selected. Va Zuma vari kutaridza njere aiwa, kushaiwa njere kwavo. Vari kurota I think vakabvunzwa zvekare uchanzwa vachiti, hu-hu sadza kupi. Varegererei vainyara kuudza UN kuti havana ma guts aku mediator mu Zimbabwe, saka zvavabva

Kunyakaza - 5 August 2013

ZUMA is a dead brain all he thinks about is corruption and women ,or before l forget he asked MUGABE help him get another younger wife in ZIM that is why chango rotomoka se izvi.

CASHTALK - 5 August 2013

we don't need Zuma , Sadc , the West or the AU leave us alone, fate will decide our destiny and I urge Zimbabwean don't abandon your motherland don't go and beg restore your pride. we are not cursed

cosmasmupunga - 6 August 2013

I am sure Zuma has also been promised the blood diamonds. Shame to all those who voted a 90-year old Sekuru. I am disgusted. I didn't know that you had been brainwashed to that extent. Its not about parties; even mu Zanu macho hamunawo here younger people other than voting someone who hardly remembers the name of his "current" wife.

Goodlife Lynus - 6 August 2013

harsh words hamuridyi

REX - 6 August 2013

the blimming bastard could sure learn a few tricks from bobby hehehe watch out on the next SA Elections , i forsee a landlslide victory for bla JZ

VASHUMBA - 7 August 2013

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