When asked in an interview with South Africa’s 702 Talk Radio whether he favoured sending troops to Zimbabwe, Zuma said: "No. Why military intervention when there is no war? We should be pressurising them to see the light."

President Robert Mugabe agreed to share power with the opposition MDC in September, stoking hopes that the country could recover from an economic meltdown. The talks, however, have all but collapsed over who should control key ministries.