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Mugabe launches attack on Zuma's advisor

Robert Mugabe has launched an attack on the president’s international relations advisor.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and President Jacob Zuma at the African Diaspora. Picture: GCIS.

ZIMBABWE - President Robert Mugabe has launched a blistering attack on President Jacob Zuma's international relations advisor Lindiwe Zulu, describing her as stupid and idiotic.

The remarks mark a new low in Zimbabwe's relationship with South Africa.

South Africa has been facilitating in the Zimbabwe crisis since the last elections in 2008.

While Mugabe didn't actually name Lindiwe Zulu, there was no mistaking who he was referring to.

Zulu had backed opposition calls for a poll delay, for at least a month, to allow for some reforms.

On Friday Mugabe hit back referring only to what he called "the utterances of a stupid, idiotic woman in South Africa".

He said his party's failure to win the 2008 election outright had led to what he called "street women from South Africa making utterances about Zimbabwe".

He called on aspiring Zanu PF Member of Parliament wage a 'do or die' fight to regain political control.

Meanwhile, Mugabe has also threatened to withdraw Zimbabwe from the South African Development Community (SADC) in the wake of his court victory this week, confirming his choice of poll date.

Speaking at the launch of his party's election manifesto at a rally in the Highfields township on Friday Mugabe said he'd pull Zimbabwe out of the regional block if the SADC decides to do what he called "stupid things".

He said the SADC cannot command Zimbabwe to go against the court's decision.

Mugabe said, "If the SADC decides to do stupid things we can move out of SADC."

Mugabe pulled Zimbabwe out of the Commonwealth in 2003, so his words are unlikely to be seen as an idle threat.