THE visiting South African minister for International Relations, Lindiwe Sisulu has refused to make serious commitment to various request by Harare saying certain decisions required a whole cabinet approval before an undertaking is made.
Addressing delegates at the Bi-National Commission meetings of ministers, Sisulu said certain things ought to have been deliberated in cabinet before the summit so that the respective governments would give their support.
“Having met with my counterpart minister (Sibusiso Moyo) yesterday, we went to bed at 1:30 am and my counterparts were not very happy with me but we wanted to make sure that this BNC we hold today does bring about significant change. We have decided therefore that we will seek with your permission an adjustment to the way we hold our BNC to ensure that officials come some time ahead of the BNC, that they report back to us and we put the matters before cabinet so that by the time we come here, we speak on behalf of the entirety of the South African government,” Sisulu said
“I am hoping that we will be able to rearrange our logistics, fortunately you will be coming to us and therefore you will take the lead in this matter,” she said.
Sisulu said both countries were undergoing challenges and that the people of South Africa consider Zimbabwe a great friend and a great neighbor.
Zimbabwe has been knocking on South Africa’ s door requesting for financial bailout but the neighbor across the Limpopo River has indicated handicapped to assist.
“The people of South Africa consider Zimbabwe a great friend and a great neighbor. We meet here today in very trying times as our economies both are undergoing challenges, South Africa is therefore more determined to continue to expand efforts towards ensuring soc-economic development and mutual benefit to both our countries,” she said.
She said it was imperative that the two countries continue to expand their cooperation.
“It is essential that mutually beneficial economic ties and investment flows growth between our two countries is the foundation for our mutual benefit and regional integration. it is imperative that we continue to expand our cooperation for the growth of our people,” she said.
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa was set to land in Harare Monday evening for the summit and a state banquet was set to be hosted by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.