No special security for Robert Mugabe – South Africa

JOHANNESBURG – There will be no special security arrangements for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at Saturday's presidential inauguration, the foreign affairs department said.\r\n

Security had been put in place to protect heads of state, but no special arrangement had been made for Mugabe, director-general Ayanda Ntsaluba told a press briefing in Pretoria on Thursday.

Civil rights initiative AfriForum had put up posters reading "Mugabe go home" around the Union Buildings, in protest at his presence at Jacob Zuma’s inauguration.

AfriForum chief executive officer Kallie Kriel said they were protesting against human rights violations in Zimbabwe. As such, Mugabe was not supposed to be on the guest list, he said.

Ntsaluba said preparations for the inauguration were going well.

"We are confident that everything that needs to be done has been done."

Twenty-nine countries would be represented by heads of state, seven by their deputy presidents and 56 by their foreign ministers. Former SADC heads of state had also been invited.

The 5 000 guests would be provided with umbrellas should it rain, and blankets if it was cold. The hour-long inauguration ceremony would start at 11am. The president would then deliver a speech. – Sapa