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Presidency condemns Zimbabwe criticism

The Presidency has made an attempt to amend statements made about Zimbabwe by Zuma’s advisor.

The Presidency has made an attempt to amend statements made about Zimbabwe by Zuma’s advisor.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency on Sunday expressed its regret at statements made about Zimbabwe by a member of its intervention team this week.

President Jacob Zuma's international relations advisor, Lindiwe Zulu, reportedly criticised Zimbabwe saying there are still a lot of things that need to be sorted out, such as apparent irregularities with a special vote.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe then called on the Zuma to rein Zulu in and stop her from commenting on the country as only Zuma is allowed to do so.

Presidential Spokesman Mac Maharaj said, "The Presidency has noted with grave concern recent unfortunate statements made on the situation in Zimbabwe, which have been attributed to a member of the technical team supporting the facilitator President Zuma."

He said some of the comments have also been incorrect.

"A number of statements have been made during the facilitation process, which have been unauthorised and which are regrettable and unfortunate. Some have also been inaccurate."

Earlier this month Mugabe launched a blistering attack on Zulu, describing her as stupid and idiotic.

While Mugabe didn't actually name 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.

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.