Situation in Zim is Confusing, Mugabe Does Not Appear To Be In Charge: SA Defence Minister

South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula who was recently in Zimbabwe said that the situation in the country is very confusing and it appears as if President Robert Mugabe is no longer in charge. Mapisa-Nqakula was part of a SADC team sent to assess the situation in Zimbabwe after the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) seized power in a military takeover last week.

Speaking to South African Radio Station 702 on Tuesday, Mapisa-Nqakula said:

We did not visit Zimbabwe to engage the president because we are from South Africa‚ but because our president is the chair of SADC (the Southern African Development Community). We went there on behalf of SADC … the intention was to scan the environment because at the time there had been reports of a military coup de’tat.

President Mugabe said‚ ‘I’ve done everything for the army. I’ve given them land and therefore I do not expect that when there are problems that they would take to the streets but rather that they’d come to me and engage me.

He said he realises that there might be a problem because the manner in which the army conducted itself‚ pointed to a fact that there is a problem.

More: Times Live

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