SW Radio Africa (London)
Southern Africa: MDC-T and Civics in Massive Lobbying Drive At SADC SummitBy Violet Gonda, 16 August 2013
South African president Jacob Zuma, as the African Union and SADC appointed facilitator in Zimbabwe, will be required to report to the summit on the facilitation process which led to the July 31st poll.
Zuma said in a statement he would communicate any information about the facilitation directly to SADC, or publicly when necessary. However he denied he was going to tell the regional leaders he had "accomplished his mission in Zimbabwe."
"The Presidency distances itself from this rumour and rejects the utilisation of gossip and rumour to communicate a serious matter as South Africa's mediation role in the neighbouring Zimbabwe," the statement read.
SADC, which had 573 observers in the country for the election, deemed the process generally peaceful and free, but has yet to submit its final report. It has also carefully avoided using the word 'fair.'