Zuma supports Zim’s re-admittance call to the Commonwealth

President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday he was backing Zimbabwe’s call to be re-admitted into the...

South African president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday he was backing <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region>’s call to be re-admitted into the Commonwealth after 2011.

The troubled African nation was expelled from the Commonwealth grouping because of the dictatorial reign of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

The expulsion was coupled with international trade sanctions against <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region> which that country’s government blamed for an ongoing economic crisis.

Zuma said Commonwealth leaders must open themselves up for talks with leaders from <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region>’s unity government.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

“We should not run way from issues, you must engage. If you do not engage and participate, then you are not helping the situation,” said Zuma.