Zuma expected in Harare this month to tackle government deadlock

zuma_jacobSouth African President Jacob Zuma, who last month promised to intervene in the unity governments political deadlock, is expected in Harare later this month, according to government sources.

(Pictured: South African President Jacob Zuma)

Zumas spokesman Vincent Mangwenya was unable to confirm the meeting or which dates the South African leader will be arriving in Zimbabwe, but its understood a meeting with the governments leaders in Harare has been set for the end of the month. Sources in the government told SW Radio Africa on Thursday that Zuma is definitely expected later this month, he is definitely coming.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai last month turned to Zuma for help, travelling to South Africa to urge his intervention in the deadlock over key issues of the Global Political Agreement. After their meeting Zuma agreed to raise weighty issues with Robert Mugabe, issues that will likely include the unilateral appointment of Gideon Gono as Central Bank Governor and Johannes Tomana as Attorney General.
Zuma has a small window of opportunity to tackle the unity governments problems, as he hands over his current seat as the chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in September. As SADC chair and South African President, Zuma should carry enormous influential weight to set the unity government on the right path.
Critics however have argued that Zuma first needs to publicly take a hard line with Mugabe, who has previously enjoyed much unconditional support from former President Thabo Mbeki. Last week, South Africas main opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), urged Zuma to use his unique opportunity as South African President and SADC chair to be tough on Mugabe, saying he needs to place an arms embargo on Zimbabwe and urge Mugabe to stop ongoing land invasions.

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