Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has described President Jacob Zuma's international relations advisor Lindiwe Zulu as a "stupid idiotic woman" and a "little streetwalker" in his address at the launch of Zanu-PF's election manifesto on Friday. Mugabe was reacting to Zulu's call for Zimbabwe's election to be delayed. He also warned that Zimbabwe was in SADC voluntarily and if it did "stupid things" it could move out.
The Zimbabwe Herald quoted Mugabe as saying:
"Let it be known that we are in Sadc voluntarily. If Sadc decides to do stupid things, we can move out. But for now we have had a Sadc which has good sense, although from some quarters, unfortunately these were not quarters of authority, they were just utterances by some stupid idiotic woman saying no elections cannot be held on 31st of July even against the ruling of our court. An ordinary sick woman saying no, ah!"
"Zimbabwe was fought for and on 18 April 1980 we got our independence. We are fully independent. We fought the British to get them out of our country. We will defend our sovereignty against any interest from any quarter," he said to wild applause from the gathering.
"Anyway, we are in that situation where even this little street woman (Lindiwe Zulu) could make utterances because of our mistakes of 2008. Let us not make other mistakes, you can see that they invite all and sundry outside our country to make utterances about Zimbabwe. ‘Zimbabwe must do this'; ‘Zimbabwe must do that'. That must end."
"Our courts had actually to command us to say you must have elections not later than July 31. The courts had to force us to go to elections. But even then, they thought they could go outside our country and appeal against the decision of our courts. Even lawyers and professor s who should know better that the judgement of our Supreme Court is final and must be obeyed still wanted, for one reason or another, to get outsiders to reverse it. No outsider is allowed to interfere in a situation where our courts will have given a ruling. That is final. We are the people to decide what to do. Do we obey or disobey? That is why I obeyed and complied with that ruling or command of the courts and then I said the courts say not later than July, ok, to seek more time I will choose the last day of July and that will not be a violation."
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