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Zuma unclear on what is happening in Zimbabwe

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16th November 2017

By: African News Agency

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South African President Jacob Zuma said he will get a full report on what is happening in Zimbabwe when he arrives in Botswana later on Thursday.

Speaking in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), the second house of the South African Parliament, Zuma said a sub-committee of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was on Thursday afternoon discussing the situation in Zimbabwe.

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Zuma would leave for Botswana from his session in the NCOP, and said it was too early to say whether Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has actually been deposed.

"We don't know the final thing - what will happen; and as I'm talking today, the SADC ministers who are involved in what you call the organ, which is a sub-committee of SADC responsible for peace and security and politics, they are meeting in Botswana discussing Zimbabwe," Zuma said.

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"I'm sure by today [Thursday]...I will get a report how far it is going, so in a very short space of time, we will know what is happening in Zimbabwe," he said.

Zuma said whatever happened in Zimbabwe it would not affect any agreements the country had signed with its neighbours.

"Zimbawe is part of SADC and indeed when agreements were taken, the developments of a few days were not there but in terms of how states operate or governments, whatever happens in a country, whether there is elections, there is a new government or whatever, what a country committed itself to with other countries or a country, cannot be changed," he said.

"No government or president would say now its me, all the agreements are no longer working."

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