According to Zimbabwe's independant news agency, ZimOnline, the South African foreign affairs department, which is responsible for inviting foreign dignitaries said that only heads of states can be invited and they had in accordance with state protocol invited Mugabe only and not Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
“The invitations are for heads of states. There is only one head of state in Zimbabwe so the invitation goes to the head of state, that’s it,” foreign affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said.
It will be up to Mugabe as president to extend the invitation to Tsvangirai.
AfriForum fined for Mugabe posters
JOHANNESBURG - Afriforum was fined on Thursday for putting up “Mugabe, go home!” posters on lamp posts at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the organisation said.
Shortly after putting up the posters, Tshwane metro police removed them and issued a fine to the organisation’s CEO Kallie Kriel.
“The poster-campaign was initiated as a protest against the fact that the human rights violator, Robert Mugabe, has been invited to this inauguration,” Kriel said in a statement.
He said he would oppose the fine in court on June 22.
“It is a bitter irony that a violator of human rights like Robert Mugabe is welcomed into South Africa with open arms, while those who initiate a peaceful protest against it are prosecuted.
“If anyone is to be prosecuted, it should be Mugabe,” Kriel said.
Jacob Zuma will be inaugurated as South Africa’s third democratically elected president on Saturday at the Union Buildings.
Meanwhile, SABC News reported tonight that Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has backed the call by the Swaziland Solidarity Network and others for South Africa not to permit King Mswati III of Swaziland to attend Zuma’s inauguration. Cosatu says Zuma's inauguration is a culmination of a long democratic process in South Africa and therefore leaders who fail to respect democratic principles should stay away from the event. Cosatu's Patrick Craven says they call upon all their members to refuse to provide any goods or services to the King if he should set foot in South Africa this weekend.