Support Zimbabweans, Zuma tells South Africa

Support Zimbabweans, Zuma tells South Africa

Retiring Botswana President Ian Khama has called on troubled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to concede to pressures for him to step down after 37 years at the helm of Zimbabwean government.

"Having considered the unfolding situation in Zim, the Organ Troika recommended the convening of an utter Extra-Ordinary SADC Summit and committed to remained seized with the situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe", said SADC Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Zuma said on Saturday he had spoken to Mugabe telephonically earlier in the week after it was reported that the president was under military imposed house arrest in the capital Harare, an apparent attempt by the ZDF to avoid a coup by negotiating Mugabe from power. I also sent two special envoys to Harare.

He called the meetings his envoys held with Mugabe and officials from the Zimbabwean armed forces "fruitful" while reiterating his support for the people of Zimbabwe during "this hard period".

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"Although it is early days, we are cautiously optimistic that the situation will be resolved amicably".

In his capacity as head of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Zuma underscored his interest in maintaining "stability and peace" in the region.

Zimbabweans in South Africa have told President Jacob Zuma to stay out of their country's politics.

Ambassador Shiyo said the leaders reaffirmed the need for SADC member States to remain guided by their respective constitutions, reiterating SADC's commitment to the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act and the SADC democratic principles as they relate to the unconstitutional removal of democratically elected governments.

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