Johannesburg - Recent comments made by members of South African President Jacob Zuma's technical team on the situation in Zimbabwe were “unfortunate”, the Presidency said on Sunday.
“The Presidency has noted with great concern, recent unfortunate statements made on the situation in Zimbabwe,” spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.
Maharaj said the comments were attributed to a team member supporting Zuma in his role as a facilitator, with South Africa appointed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to offer assistance to help Zimbabwe's political parties resolve their differences.
Zuma's team included Mozambique high commissioner Charles Nqakula as its head, Maharaj, and Lindiwe Zulu, as international relations adviser to the president.
The AFP news agency reported on Friday that Zulu had said there were challenges leading up to the July 31 elections in Zimbabwe, following problems with early voting.