South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, is in Zimbabwe for talks with the country’s leaders. This is his first visit to the country since he became President of South Africa. Mr Zuma met with President Mugabe and Prime Minister Tsvangirai and had talks with both leaders on ending the stalemate in the Unity Government. There are hopes the Mr Zuma will pressure Mugabe to rein in on hard-line ZANU-PF supporters who are bent on derailing the Unity administration.
As current chairman of SADC, the region’s economic community, Mr Zuma will use his clout to ensure that the fragile unity government does not collapse. He will admonish the two leaders that it is of Zimbabwe’s vital interest that they work together to remove the impasse that has prevented progress in the unity government.
Officials in Zimbabwe have denied recent press reports that President Mugabe was ill. Mr Mugabe appeared healthy during the meeting with Mr Zuma. But questions of his health still remains as the Zimbabwean dictator ages, and at 85 medical complications are sometimes inevitable. President Zuma plans to be outspoken about Zimbabwe’s problems which is in contrast with the quiet diplomacy of former South African President, Thabo Mbeki.
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