Mbeki and Mugabe discuss Zim's constitution

Thabo Mbeki is in Zimbabwe this weekend, and he has been holding talks with President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe (left) welcomes former South African president Thabo Mbeki at Harare International Airport. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Former South African president Thabo Mbeki is in Zimbabwe this weekend, and he has been holding talks with President Robert Mugabe.

Mbeki was the guest of honour at a fundraising dinner for the University of Zimbabwe on Saturday evening.

The former president spent over an hour talking to Mugabe.

Zimbabwean state media reported that the two discussed Zimbabwe's fraught constitution, and made progress, with Mbeki saying they had not had productive talks like that for three years.

As the former South African president, Mbeki brokered the power-sharing pact between Mugabe's Zanu-PF party and Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, in 2008.

Mbeki has since been replaced as a mediator by President Jacob Zuma, but Mugabe and Mbeki clearly still have good relations.

Mbeki told the Sunday Mail that he briefed the Zimbabwean president on the situation in Sudan, where he is serving as a mediator on behalf of the African Union.

Over three weeks of border fighting between Sudan and South Sudan's 1,800 km contested Heglig border have passed. The dispute has brought the African neighbours close to a full-out war, after the South gained independence from Sudan in July, under a 2005 settlement.