The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has put its foot down on Zimbabwe and declares that it will not tolerate rushed elections.
SADC also rejects calls by Zanu-PF hardliners that President Jacob Zuma to step down as a mediator in the inter-party talks.
Speaking from Gaborone SADC executive secretary, Tomaz Salamao, has described the call for early polls by President Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF as just ‘political grandstanding’.
He was speaking ahead of the SADC heads of state summit from 17-18 August 2011 where Zimbabwe is expected to feature prominently.
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