Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has “unfairly ostracised” his outspoken international relations adviser for commenting on the situation in Zimbabwe - despite giving her permission to do so three years ago - sources say.
ANC, government and diplomatic sources told The Star on Monday that the Zuma administration had authorised Lindiwe Zulu to speak to the media and diplomats on developments in the southern African country.
So it came as a shock when the Presidency publicly chastised Zulu for her “unauthorised”, “regrettable” and “unfortunate” comments at the weekend, they added. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity.
Zulu’s public dressing down came days after Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe implored Zuma to sanction the “idiotic street woman” for allegedly imposing her views on his country ahead of the July 31 polls.
Addressing a post-ANC lekgotla briefing at Luthuli House on Monday, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe confirmed that Zulu had been “given the responsibility to deal with the media and diplomats” on Zimbabwe.