Zuma negotiators head to Zim

SA negotiators arrived in Harare to inspect progress made in Zimbabwe’s Constitution process.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

HARARE - President Jacob Zuma's team of negotiators are due in Harare on Tuesday, as the region steps up pressure on Zimbabwe's power-sharing government to conclude the three-year-old constitution-making process.

But Zanu-PF is unhappy with the visit, which politburo member Jonathan Moyo saying the visit is "totally misplaced".

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) insiders said the visit by South African negotiators, which was barely 10 days after the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit, was encouraging.

They said it showed regional pressure was being maintained to end the long-running crisis in Zimbabwe.

The MDC is not happy that Zanu-PF amended the draft constitution, even though its party negotiators had agreed to it earlier.

Moyo insisted there was no deadlock.

He told the Herald that the draft constitution was now with President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

He said President Jacob Zuma should engage directly with them.