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Africa regrets unauthorised statements on Zimbabwe
Presidency, South African Government
July 21, 2013
The Presidency has noted with great concern, recent unfortunate
statements made on the situation in Zimbabwe, which have been attributed
to a member of the technical team supporting the Facilitator, President
South Africa was appointed
by SADC to assist the Zimbabwean political parties to resolve their
The Facilitator, President
Jacob Zuma, appointed a three person facilitation team to provide
technical support. The team comprises Mr Charles Nqakula, High Commissioner
to Mozambique as the Head, Mr Mac Maharaj, Special Envoy and spokesperson
to the President and Ms Lindiwe Zulu, International Relations Advisor
to the President. The technical team supports the Facilitator and
cannot 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.
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.
wishes to correct in particular the reports this weekend that President
Zuma telephoned President Robert Mugabe to express his unhappiness
for the Zimbabwean elections. No such telephone call has been
made. The report is incorrect.
President Zuma has also
been alerted to inappropriate postings in the social media on the
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.
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