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SA Media Statement on Zimbabwe Inter-Party Dialogue

President Kgalema Motlanthe will on Monday 19 January 2009 lead a SADC delegation to Zimbabwe where discussions will be held with leaders of the country’s political parties involved in the Inter-Party Dialogue.

The delegation will include President Guebuza of Mozambique [deputy chairman of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security] and former South African President Thabo Mbeki, the facilitator in the Zimbabwe Inter-Party Dialogue.

The meeting of the leaders will be followed by a meeting of the negotiating teams which is expected to discuss outstanding matters related to the implementation of the Global Agreement, including the processing of Zimbabwe Constitution Amendment 19.

The meeting of the negotiating teams was initially scheduled for Friday 16 January 2009 but had to be postponed at the request of one of the parties.

For inquiries contact Thabo Masebe at 082 410 8087.

ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENCY ON 15 JANUARY 2009

[via Veritas]

Comments

a Duoist says:

Fortunately the talks were post-poned, since there obviously is no reason for any sense of urgency in Zimbabwe.

Submitted by a Duoist on 19 January 2009 - 8:27am
Faraway says:

There is no doubt that this meeting will be another Mugabe inflicted circus with rantings and ravings about western sanctions and puppetry, using all of the usual stalling tactics he and his henchmen can muster.

Heaven forbid to think of how much money has been spent on these useless meetings, and the number of people that could have been saved from starvation with that money.

It is time for Motlanthe to put his foot down, act like a decent president, rein in Mugabe, stop listening to Mbeki, and give the MDC equal power in government. Maybe then we'll get somewhere, and save the lives of millions of Zimbabweans at risk of starvation.

Submitted by Faraway on 19 January 2009 - 8:35am
paul canning says:

"Police in Hong Kong are investigating whether an alleged assault by the wife of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe during a shopping trip was captured on video."
http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=921200

Submitted by paul canning on 19 January 2009 - 7:44pm
kalis says:

Grace is demonstrating what all in zanu have been doing since the formation of the party, attacking, killing and maiming fellow human beeings.Like her husband she does not have a human heart. She sees blood all the time. She does not even know she is the Devil, Satan himself's instrument. All the spirits of those murdered around June 27 are hounting her soul.She is craving for more blood.

Submitted by kalis on 19 January 2009 - 11:29pm
True Grit says:

Re. Grace Mugabe punches reporter in Hong Kong with diamond-studded fists.

Poor reporter! She should be arrested the next time she lands in Hong Kong.

Grace is a disgrace!

Submitted by True Grit on 19 January 2009 - 11:43pm
Graham says:

My prediction? Now that the talks appear to have broken down, Mugabe's gloves will come off, and MDC officials will be "disappeared" at an ever accelerating rate. Mugabe knows that the SADC will do nothing to stop him.

Submitted by Graham on 20 January 2009 - 5:02am

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