Zim poll 'smooth' — SA Cabinet

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Cabinet on Monday congratulated Zimbabwe on the country’s “successful harmonised” elections.

“Cabinet congratulated the people of Zimbabwe and political parties on holding successful harmonised parliamentary and local elections,” acting government spokesperson Phumula Williams told reporters in Pretoria.

The briefing followed last Wednesday’s fortnightly Cabinet meeting.

Williams said Cabinet had also commended President Jacob Zuma.

“Cabinet commended the efforts of President Jacob Zuma, as the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) facilitator on the Zimbabwe dialogue, in ensuring that all political parties were committed to peaceful elections,” she said.

Asked how South Africa could make a pronouncement on the elections before the Sadc had done so, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson pointed out that Cabinet stopped short of saying the July 31 poll was fair.

“Cabinet did not make any pronouncements on the state of the elections, so there has been no pronouncement on whether the election is free or fair,” she said.

“We are congratulating them that the elections ran smoothly, without violence, without any incidents of severe violence.”

President Robert Mugabe, who has been in power for 33 years, won 61 percent of the vote as compared to his opponent Morgan Tsvangirai, who took 34 percent.

Tsvangirai is disputing the vote and has filed a legal challenge in the Constitutional Court.

Comments (2)

ZUMA is a total disgrace to the african leadership becoz the way he handled this ZIM situation ,shows that he was just in a hurry to get an accorlade for this achivement which has more questions & problems than answers .What ZUMA is upto in ZIM is business deals for his country nothing else ,as for AU nothing is going to happen becoz the CHAIRWOMAN is his wife so this crisis for ZIM is going to be here for a long time .SADC& AU should just close shop they are not there for democracy but for promotion of crisis to AFRICANS who are crying for peace in their countries,They protect dictators at all costs .

CASHTALK - 15 August 2013

Zuma just wants to get rid of the Zim issue. He has totally failed to rein in Mugabe and sees this as his chance for an honourable way out of an embarassing situation he had lost control over. Zuma wanted reforms, Mugabe said Go to hell, Street woman and Zuma backed down. He is only too happy ro rid himself of Zimbabwe and Mugabe.

Johno - 16 August 2013

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