NKOSAZANA Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s Foreign minister, said this week she hoped the acquittal of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, on treason charges last week would contribute to reconciliation efforts.
h Court acquitted Tsvangirai on Friday last week on charges of plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe and seize power ahead of a presidential election in 2002.
Dlamini-Zuma said: “First of all I think it must indicate to everybody that there is a rule of law in Zimbabwe. There is a justice system that operates freely and so it is indeed a positive thing that he was acquitted.
“We do hope, yes, this will add to whatever efforts are there towards reconciliation,” she said after a meeting of the European Union and the South African Development Community in the Netherlands. Tsvangirai has also said the verdict might boost prospects for “national reconciliation”.
However, he still faces a second treason case.The South African government’s policy of “quiet diplomacy” to urge President Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change to negotiate has met with little success. — Reuter