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South Africa’s Malema Accuses Zuma Over Zimbabwe Role, Mail Says

June 24, 2012

South African President Jacob Zuma holds “problematic” and “pretentious” views about Zimbabwe’s power-sharing government and President Robert Mugabe, the Sunday Mail of Zimbabwe reported, citing Julius Malema.

Malema, the former leader of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress Youth League before his ouster for indiscipline, told the state-controlled Sunday Mail that Zuma isn’t a “neutral” mediator between Zimbabwe’s political parties.

The Southern African Development Community appointed Zuma to mediate between the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and the Movement for Democratic Change in 2009, after violence marred elections the previous year. Under the accord, Mugabe’s Zanu-PF shares power with the Movement for Democratic Change, led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Malema said Zuma should “start packing his bags” because he will probably be removed as leader at an ANC conference in December, according to the Harare-based Sunday Mail.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Latham in Johannesburg at in Harare at blatham@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at sguazzin@bloomberg.net.


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