Cape Town – Zimbabwe’s president-elect Robert Mugabe has
swallowed his pride by apologising to SADC over his spate with South African
President Jacob Zuma's international relations adviser Lindiwe Zulu during the
facilitation process, a report said on Monday.
According to News Day, sources who attended the regional
bloc's closed-door meeting on Saturday in Malawi disclosed that Mugabe chanted an
emotional poetic apology to Zuma throwing the whole room into stitches.
SADC are the guarantors of the Global Political Agreement
(GPA) brokered in 2008 following the disputed presidential runoff leading to
the formation of the country’s coalition government.
"I love you Ms Lindiwe, I love you, I don't hate you. It was
a time when everyone was campaigning and one can do anything in order to win
the elections," Mugabe said.
However, Zulu, who was not in the meeting, said she was
surprised to hear that Mugabe had apologised.
She said the whole process taught her important lessons in
"I was not in the meeting, but everyone is telling me that I
missed my love letter," Zulu said.
Zuma, who spoke to Zulu in the presence of the News Day
reporter, said: "You missed your new love proposal from Mugabe yesterday [Saturday],
but well he now loves you."
Zulu also said she was not deterred from doing her work by
Mugabe who wanted a win-win situation.
"We were supposed to do our work impartially and Mugabe felt
we were doing it the wrong way. Our only wish was to see the roadmap
implemented," she said.
Mugabe last month threatened to pull out of SADC due to what
he described as "stupid things" being done by "idiotic" people within the
During the same month Mugabe also warned Zuma to stop Zulu
from commenting on Zimbabwe’s political crisis, as the veteran leader stepped
"That persistent negative voice from South Africa,
could it be stopped," Mugabe told thousands of supporters at a campaign rally
in the Matabeleland region.
"I appeal to president Zuma to stop this woman of
theirs from speaking on Zimbabwe," said Mugabe referring to Zulu. "We
were given one facilitator, that's president Zuma and only his voice should
speak. No other voices," he said.
It was Mugabe's second attack on Zulu as he had earlier called
her a "street woman".