I'm not done with Zim: Zuma

HARARE - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has dismissed as mere gossip reports that he is finished with his mediation in Zimbabwe following Zanu PF’s disputed landslide victory in July 31 polls.

In a statement posted on the South African presidency website yesterday, Zuma, who is the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) mediator on the Zimbabwean dialogue, said media reports which claim he is going to tell his counterparts at the forthcoming regional summit in Malawi that he has accomplished his mission were false.

“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,” Zuma’s statement said.

“The presidency distances itself from this rumour and rejects the utilisation of gossip and rumour to communicate a serious matter as South Africa’s mediation role in the neighbouring Zimbabwe.”

Early this week, South African media reports suggested that Zuma was expected to tell his fellow regional leaders at a summit in Malawi on Saturday that he had accomplished his mission in Zimbabwe.

The story goes on to speculate that 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.”

Although South Africa has endorsed the disputed July 31 polls, outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says he is preparing a dossier of evidence detailing how president-elect Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF rigged the elections.

Tsvangirai who reluctantly went into elections which he described as illegal got 33,9 percent of the votes while Mugabe romped to victory with 61 percent votes.

While most African nations including regional bodies such as the African Union and Sadc have described the elections as free, Botswana has dissented, calling for an audit of the vote.

The disharmony in Sadc over Zimbabwe is likely to take centre stage when the regional leaders meet in Malawi this weekend.

Comments (25)

It appears tsvangirai is older than Mugabe.....If you now wat i mean.....hes always behind....slow in thinking.....and above all does wrong things all the time.....i also wonder where he gets advice from.....

bones - 15 August 2013

very slow and not even presidential material.

zimbabwe ndeyeropa - 15 August 2013

But you should also know that money buys everything except life, it can buy victory whether its soccer or elections.

baba charlie - 15 August 2013

Dont speculate Mr/Ms report, what disharmony are you talking about when all the countries in SADC so far with the exception of Botswana have endorsed the election you bised reporting leaves a lot to be desired

Ngwena - 15 August 2013

I believe MDC T won the election and I can write a book about my conclusion. For those that do not know, all the data requested by MDC T is already available through the collating process (adding the polling station figures into the ward, then the ward totals make a constituency total right up to the national total). In other words you can't have the national figure without the breakdown as requested by MDC T. Zimbabweans should also know that the Electoral Act requires that the election be free, fair, transparent and verifiable. Until the information is provided then there is nothing transparent and the results cannot be verified. So the request is noble, feasible and comes at no additional compilation cost as explained above. Having said that the question is why ZEC has not released this information two weeks after the request? Why were Zimbabweans frog marched and ambushed (rushed) to this election by ZPF and its machinery (mudede, ZEC, judiciary, chinamasa, Nikuv, etc)? Why the constitution was violated left right and centre? Why numerous sections of the Electoral Act, Broadcasting Act, Presidential Powers among others were violated and abused? Why was it rushed, why were millions denied their rights to vote (both at registration and voting stages)? Now that thousands were denied chance to vote why is ZEC not petitioning the concourt to allow these to vote? What are they hiding by withdrawing this basic information? ZPF knows it did not win and so is every level headed person. For once think about it my fellow Zimbabwean as you seek answers to the questions above.

Simon - 15 August 2013

Tsvangirai was beaten clean. Even is he is given all the votes of turned away assisted,and all those who voted against ZANU PF he will still loose.Zimbabweans have spoken loud and clear we are not fools.

Yours - 15 August 2013

Its not rocket science to understand that we have a recuring political impasse in Zimland right from the start in 1980. Audit how ZPF leadership was formulated, by substitution and elimination of key influential people. Why has ZPH failed to produce capable leaders from within its ranks? Is Zim a mornachy? Because of this cancerous syndrome amidst us who shall deliver us from this monster? I still wonder.

wehukama - 15 August 2013

we no longer need rulers we need leaders like tsvangirai ,not this bunch of old ,thieves!!! To hell with them !

majaira majaira - 15 August 2013

Makabirwa muripiko nhai save? Musatinyangadzawozve. You are not a political material. You are just an opportunist, teaboy, mubiki wetea zvake. Zvakasiyana save. Zvaramba uye hazvife zvakaita, you do not have the credentials neither do you have the qualities. You have created enough problems for the people of Zimbabwe, chiendai munorima mbambaira nenzunguBuhera.

tk - 15 August 2013

@tk, i think wakasara, u just a pig!

et - 15 August 2013

From a revolutionary to an election thief. What a drop! True revolutionaries know that leadership needs to be passed on in order to refresh the system. Stagnant water leads to moss developing and water getting dirty. Zanu and Robert have been where they have been in 1980, Mugabe at the helm Zanu and povo below. It is Mugabe or nothing. Is this guy a true revolutionary? Can he truly look back and say this is the Zimbabwe people fought for? all I see is the Zimbabwe he wanted with him at the top. If he is not at the top it is not a free Zimbabwe but a Zimbabwe in the British image. scholars must breast for good research times as they have a good test case of a 90 year old who turned a dead economy into full life. Who at 56 to 89 drove the same economy the deepest lows. the hopes of the entire 66.5% of the nation are upon him for their future. it was easy to rig the election as all can see but we look to see how he will rig the economy to overwhelming success/ victory. Good luck commander in Thief of Zimbabwe. My advise to you is to call the Nicov Guys to help rig the economy to successful victory. After all they were paid more than they deserved for simple work we all see as shoddy and did not cover their tracks properly. Good luck.

bgaosiiwe@batabw.co.za - 15 August 2013

From a revolutionary to an election thief. What a drop! True revolutionaries know that leadership needs to be passed on in order to refresh the system. Stagnant water leads to moss developing and water getting dirty. Zanu and Robert have been where they have been in 1980, Mugabe at the helm Zanu and povo below. It is Mugabe or nothing. Is this guy a true revolutionary? Can he truly look back and say this is the Zimbabwe people fought for? all I see is the Zimbabwe he wanted with him at the top. If he is not at the top it is not a free Zimbabwe but a Zimbabwe in the British image. scholars must breast for good research times as they have a good test case of a 90 year old who turned a dead economy into full life. Who at 56 to 89 drove the same economy the deepest lows. the hopes of the entire 66.5% of the nation are upon him for their future. it was easy to rig the election as all can see but we look to see how he will rig the economy to overwhelming success/ victory. Good luck commander in Thief of Zimbabwe. My advise to you is to call the Nicov Guys to help rig the economy to successful victory. After all they were paid more than they deserved for simple work we all see as shoddy and did not cover their tracks properly. Good luck.

bgaosiiwe@batabw.co.za - 15 August 2013

Get real - MT slow, behing and old when ZANU-PF have all the crooked cards like media control, intimidation, rape, pillage, handouts, bribes, threats, police, generals and Nikuv. How can anyone compete againsy a despot and a tyrant. Only the VOTE could crush Mugabe and ZANU-PF and they STOLE that. Any sane person can see that!

Chivula Mapoti - 15 August 2013

im failing to see why the MDC claims votes of those who were denied to vote or failed to register , i just have one question, how do you know those people where going to vote for the MDC and not ZANU, its not like people moved around with a sticker tag on there fore-heads showing whether their ZANU or MDC, and the way its being said is like the polling officers knew each and every MDC supporter because its said "our supports were denied to vote or register" i think the courts should ask how this is so. and another thing, the expectation of people that things were going to go back because the MDC lost just went down the drain because if you remember in 2008 the majority of the businesses were foreign owned and they just pull out living ZImbabwe out to dry, its now a good a thing that this did not happen as many of those business are no longer there, an ordinary citizen will keep working for his country and family because at the end of the day no political party is going to compensate you for closing down your business, they are not going to come and give you food everyday you stay out of work, you will be starving yourself and your family just for 1 person to have a taste or power or to keep power. its unfortunate that many business who closed down in support of political parties never recovered but its also a good thing because next they will know hazviitwe izvozvo, politics is a dirty game, if you cant play it dont cry cry. there is no such this as fair play in politics none what so ever, people talk of democracy but they dont even know what the word means.

mytruezim - 15 August 2013

baba charlie: Well said and very true. Nobody in their right mind would vote for zpf considering their record of the last 33 years. What can they promise to do now seeing they have no one to blame for their failures.

Peter Macklyn - 15 August 2013

Yours: you will soon prove to all that you are indeed fools when you are bleating that you can't feed your family.

Peter Macklyn - 15 August 2013

The best proof that these Elections were rigged can be given by the fact that the Election Observers came from Countries such as Iran, China and Russia. What a wonderful democartic tradition do they have?

Emperor - 16 August 2013

I have said this before and i wish to repeat it. It was Mugabe who brought democracy to Zimbabwe, but it was a democracy ONLY if you voted for him. If you voted for someone else it was called "Toppling the government". Under his rule we will live in poverty. No chance is the economy going to pick up without outside investment which would increase industrial productivity. Indigenisation is another means to suck the economy dry - just like a parasite. Cant start businesses of their own has to take it from someone else.

vortex - 16 August 2013

tsvangson achapusa

moff - 16 August 2013

To Mr Zuma,i cant see any change in your mediation comparing with what Mr Mbeki has been doing.It is crystal clear that he is on the side of the President-elect.Zimbo's if in the case that we have a fresh election,what guarantees the true credibility given the fact that the intimidated people are the ones who are supposed to vote again????

wake up zim - 16 August 2013

Zanu people you are empty vessels that why you are always talking too much. The truth is ZANU Pf won the election thrugh rigging tactics and thus why they were so optimistic that they have won months be4 elections. Lets wait and see because there are several evidence. We should know that the truth shall set us free. Hamupukunyuki takakubata kare.

Mukuru - 16 August 2013

Maelection makaba madhodha asi chekuba hachinuni. Mbavha dzevanhu. NO matter wht you say about Morgan, he will pull the belt till we win the battle. Smoke is there so there is fire. tens of thousands really voted under duress, some voted twice, thousands assisted to vote,.....

CDE - 16 August 2013

President Zuma can go, no Zimbabwean with any brain would miss he!

Wilbert Mukori - 16 August 2013

Well Zuma is wise,,,,,,,,,a free Zimbabwe means return of Maths and Science teachers to Zim, return of all artisans and Engineers who are currently running SA, exodus of cheap labour which might cripple the industry,,,,,a prosperous zim may steal the regional and continental limelight SA is enjoying and the minerals there are disproportionate to the population,,,,,on the contrary,,,,Botswana is buying expensive food from SA. A productive zim agriculture means Bots will buy cheap products since there will be completion on the food market.

Baba - 16 August 2013

Tk uri murwere.zvehutea boy hazvina basa.king David akatorwa kumakwayi achiitwa mambo.wakasara.wake up

l.n. - 20 August 2013

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