JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma is back in South Africa after his aircraft broke down in Burundi on Saturday.
“President Jacob Zuma has arrived back in Pretoria this afternoon following the visit to Burundi where he led the African Union high level delegation sent to assist in strengthening the peace process,” the Presidency said in a statement.
Zuma returned on a military plane after the South African National Defence were deployed to fetch him.
Zuma was in Burundi as part of an African Union delegation to mediate the crisis in the East African country.
Unrest in Burundi escalated to a state of near civil war months ahead of the July 2015 presidential election.
In May last year the constitution was amended to make provision for President Pierre Nkurunziza to stand for a third term in office.
Nkurunziza’s ruling CNDD FDD and the opposition were at loggerheads over a third presidential term.
Protests against the decision started as early as March 2015.
International rights groups accused Burundian security forces of clamping down on dissent.