Johannesburg - The Presidency has publicly distanced itself from Lindiwe Zulu, President Jacob Zuma’s foreign policy adviser and member of his Zimbabwe facilitation team, after Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe publicly appealed to Zuma to rein her in.
In a clear reference to Zulu, the Presidency issued a statement on Sunday noting “with great concern, recent unfortunate statements made on the situation in Zimbabwe, which have been attributed to a member of the technical team supporting the facilitator, President Jacob Zuma”.
It said a number of statements had been made during Zuma’s facilitation of the Zimbabwe negotiations “which have been unauthorised and which are regrettable and unfortunate. Some of the utterances have also been inaccurate”.
The statement specifically denied a news agency report on Friday that quoted Zulu saying Zuma had phoned Mugabe to express his unhappiness about preparations for the July 31 elections.
The statement said the technical team supporting Zuma as facilitator “cannot impose its views on Zimbabwe nor make public pronouncements”. Only Zuma could do this.