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President Zuma stranded in Burundi

President Jacob Zuma is in the country to meet with other Heads of State over peace talks.

South African President Jacob Zuma during the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town, on 12 February 2015. Picture: EPA/Rodger Bosch/Pool.
Jacob Zuma,Burundi
Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma is stuck in Burundi after his private jet, Inkwazi, experienced technical problems.

Zuma is in the country to meet with other Heads of State over peace talks.

The president was expected to deliver the keynote note address at the African National Congress Women's League fundraising gala dinner in Sandton last night.

But instead, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed delegates, saying Zuma may only arrive in the country today.

“He went to the airport and sought to get into his plane and it would not move so he’s stuck there and he can’t come back home. We might have to send another plane to fetch him.” 

The High Level Delegation of five African Heads of State led by President Zuma in Burundi concluded its meetings in Bujumbura yesterday. 

They saw President Pierre Nkurunziza, leaders of political parties as well as religious and civil society leaders and urged them to work together to find an inclusive political solution to the current crisis.

The statement from the South African presidency describes the Burundi mission as "very fruitful".

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who attended the meeting, says the parties all stressed  the importance of political dialogue rather than military intervention to resolve the  crisis.

She was speaking at a joint press conference with her European Union counterpart, Federica Mogherini, who says the EU is in discussion with Burundi about suspending its aid because of the breach of commitments to respect human rights and the rule of law.


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