It was however not immediately clear whether the two were on the same plane.
Mugabe was said to have arrived on Thursday afternnon, accompanied by his wife, Grace, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and several senior Government officials. He was at Waterkloof Airport in Pretoria by Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to South Africa, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, South African government ministers and Zimbabwe embassy officials before leaving for Johannesburg.
Tsvangirai was said to be accompanied by a woman, belived to be his fiancee, Locadia Karimatsenga Tembo among his entourage.
MDC has strongly denied that Tsvangirai is seeing Karimatsenga Tembo saying its his private life. However the woman was among the entourage that left for South Africa on Thursday.
The woman is reported to have split the MDC. Sources said wedding bells should be ringing next year.
Tsvangirai’s office has also denied that he had inherited a wife from his late wife’s family as had been widely speculated.
Tsvangirai lost his wife Susan in a road accident.
Vice President John Landa Nkomo is acting President.
South African president Jacob Zuma will reportedly take advantage of the presence of Zimbabwe’s three principals at the official opening of the World Cup to put pressure on the warring leaders to resolve outstanding issues from the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
“South Africa invited every African head of state to the opening to acknowledge our gratitude for their support and to underline the African nature of this event,” Ayande Ntsaluba, the director-general of the department of international relations and co-operation, was quoted as telling reporters in Pretoria.
“There may be about three more who eventually respond to the invitations, but we have 20 confirmations at this point.” The leaders of Madagascar, Guinea and Niger were not invited since they came to power via coups.