South African President Thabo Mbeki will report to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit later this week on the facilitation process currently underway in Zimbabwe, SA deputy foreign affairs minister Aziz Pahad said on Tuesday.
"A summit report has to be given by Mbeki.
if there are successful outcomes that will be a plus," Pahad told a media briefing in Pretoria.
He said, however, if no agreement had been reached then the parties would be encouraged to continue talking until a solution was found.
It was merely a "coincidence" that the possible end to negotiations between the Zimbabwean leaders coincided with the summit.
"We are hoping and praying that it will be a positive response.
" SA Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said it was clear that the talks to stabilise the political situation in Zimbabwe had gained "momentum".
"As South Africans we should celebrate the fact that the persistence of our president as a facilitator.
has got the parties in Zimbabwe to a point where they are actually talking," he said.