Zuma disingenuous – DA

zuma_jacobJOHANESBURG - South Africa president, Jacob Zuma, (Pictured) has again come under fire for his position on Zimbabwe with the opposition labelling his recent comments on political developments in Harare as disingenuous and misleading.


This follows his Budget Speech last week, where he noted the establishment of human rights, electoral and media commissions in Zimbabwe, and the acquittal of the MDC’s Treasurer, Roy Bennett, on controversial charges, as evidence of progress.

Athol Trollip, Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance, said this was consistent with the ruling party, which has over the years lacked determination in finding a lasting solution to the crisis in South Africas northern neighbour.

Instead of misleading the South African public with regards to the political situation in Zimbabwe, President Zuma needs to use his position as SADC-appointed facilitator and leader of Zimbabwe’s most critical ally to finally confront the reality that those before him have failed to acknowledge. As long as its architect remains at the helm, the Zimbabwean crisis faces no chance of resolution, Trollip told The Zimbabwean in Johannesburg.

South Africa has the political and economic muscle to effect real progress in Zimbabwe. The failure of successive ANC leaders to make substantial headway in the Zimbabwean political negotiations, and President Zuma’s decision not to eschew the failed approach of his predecessor, is representative of a chronic lack of political will on behalf of the ruling party.

Zimbabwes power-sharing deal is characterized by deadlocks more than a year after it was formed. Such have been a result of Mugabes unilateral appointments of attorney general and the reserve Bank governor among other issues.

Zuma was appointed by SADC to break the deadlock but he has met with mixed success.

Two months on and the “package of measures” President Zuma declared had been negotiated to resolve the Zimbabwean political deadlock remains stillborn. Zimbabwe’s fate appears increasingly uncertain, Trollip said.

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