South Africa has denied reports that it appealed to the Southern African Development Community to step up pressure on the Zimbabwean government for economic and political reforms in light of the deepening crisis in the country.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement dismissing as nothing “further from the truth” as well as misleading, news reports that Foreign Minister Nkosazama Dhlamini-Zuma had called for SADC intervention in Zimbabwe.
The clarifying statement said Dhlamini-Zuma was responding to reporters questions when she acknowledged her concern about the deteriorating economic situation in Zimbabwe, and reiterated the position adopted by SADC that “there must be discussion and reconciliation” if the Zimbabwe crisis is to be resolved.
Cape Town-based political analyst Hermann Hanekom told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that there may be conflict within the South African government on just how to deal with Zimbabwe – but that it is generally agreed that any viable solution must emerge from Zimbabwe itself.
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