SOUTH AFRICA: SA cabinet disappointed by Zimbabwe

afrol News, 20 November - South African cabinet has express a disappointment on the worsening Zimbabwean crisis saying leaders are putting political interests at the expenses of ordinary citizens.

A cabinet meeting held in cape town yesterday, called for urgent steps
to finalise amendment of the constitution and allocation of remaining
cabinet posts for the formation of a unity government.

"No amount of political disagreement can ever justify the suffering
that ordinary Zimbabweans are being subjected to at the moment," it
said emphasising that like Southern African Development Community
(SADC), South Africa would like to see a political settlement for
Zimbabwe in order for the region to focus on rebuilding the country’s

President Robert Mugabe signed a power sharing agreement with Movement
for Democratic Change on 15 September to unravel a long dragging
political impasse in economically battered southern African state, but
allocation of key mineterial posts have stalled deal.

South Africa’s cabinet has also decided to address cholera outbreak in
as well as scaling malaria control along its border with Zimbabwe.
"South Africa is already in discussions with multilateral agencies such
as SADC and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in this regard," it

SA has decided to retain R300 million for agricultural assistance to
Zimbabwe, after the country failed to form representative government.

"However, this money will be only disbursed once a representative
government was in place and in time for the next planting season in
April 2009. The Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs will prepare a
proposal on South Africa’s contribution to address the immediate
humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe," cabinet said.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has announced a new round of power sharing talks next week in South Africa over constitution amendment bill.

The power-sharing deadlock follows disputed presidential elections
earlier this year, where Mr Morgan Tsvangirai won the first round in
March, but not by enough to secure outright victory, but pulled out of
a run-off in June, citing a campaign of violence against his supporters.

Zimbabweans grappling with the world’s highest inflation 231 million percent, severe shortages of food
and basic commodities had hoped a power-sharing government would be
quickly established to allow the country to focus on tackling an
economic crisis.

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