Zim minister praises Zuma
A Zimbabwean Minister said Jacob Zuma should be thanked for ensuring stability in that country.
JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe should be grateful to President Jacob Zuma for playing a key role in ensuring peace and stability in Zimbabwe, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said on Monday.
Zuma took over from former president Thabo Mbeki in mediating Zimbabwe's shaky power-sharing deal signed in 2008.
Biti told NewsDay that Zuma should be thanked for what he has done for Zimbabwe - a country now emerging from a decade of economic and political turmoil.
According to the minister, Zuma's efforts will allow for violence-free elections in Zimbabwe.
President Robert Mugabe previously insisted that Zimbabwean elections would be held in 2012, but it appears that he has now changed his position.
Under the terms of the coalition government between Zanu-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change, a referendum on a new constitution is supposed to be held before elections.