Archive for April 13th, 2008

source: News24
12/04/2008 14:30 – (SA)

Harare – South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Saturday there was “no crisis” in Zimbabwe after holding his first face-to-face talks with Robert Mugabe since the country’s disputed March 29 elections.

Mbeki, who stopped in Harare on his way to join southern African leaders in Zambia for an emergency meeting on Zimbabwe, said people should wait for the election commission to announce the long-awaited presidential result.

“There has been a natural process taking place and we are all awaiting the ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) to announce the results and there is also the matter of the court case,” he said, referring to an opposition legal bid to force the result.

“The body authorised to release the results is the ZEC, let’s wait for them to announce the results,” Mbeki said.

Mbeki under fire

As president of the regional power South Africa, Mbeki has come under fire for his muted response to the situation in [continue reading]

source: IOL

April 12 2008 at 10:00AM

Deputy Safety and Security Minister Susan Shabangu’s controversial “shoot to kill” comment on Friday received African National Congress president Jacob Zuma’s backing.

Speaking at the KZN Institute of Local Government and Traditional Leadership Fundraising gala dinner on Friday night, Zuma said: “If you have a deputy minister saying the kind of things that the deputy
minister was saying, this is what we need to happen.”

Zuma pointed out that police had at one stage been “asked not to shoot at criminals”.

“Because the fact of the matter criminals shoot police. In stead of talking at that level we ought to be seeing action that we are tougher on the criminals. That’s the point I’m making.”

“What the deputy minister was saying is what we are to be doing is dealing with the criminals rather than talking about it.”

Shabangu, who was speaking at an anti-crime imbizo in Pretoria West, was quoted by the Pretoria News as saying: “You must kill the bastards if they threaten you or the community. You must not worry about the regulations. That is my responsibility. Your responsibility is to serve and protect.”

While her comments have [continue reading]

source: BBC News

Zimbabwe’s electoral commission has ordered a recount of ballots in 23 disputed constituencies in last month’s vote, local media have said.

The head of the commission said the recount would take place next Saturday, the state-owned Sunday Mail reported.

After a marathon summit in Lusaka, southern African leaders called for results to be speedily published.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders also urged all parties to accept the election results.

The chairman of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, George Chiweshe, said the results in [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

Mandisa Mundawarara
April 12th 2008

As regional Southern Africa leaders were gathering in Zambia on Saturday for an emergency summit to discuss the election crisis in Zimbabwe, South African President Thabo Mbeki flew in to Harare to meet Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe said he is boycotting the summit that MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is attending because there was “no crisis in Zimbabwe.” Mugabe will instead be represented at the summit by Bright Matonga, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Patrick Chinamasa and Simbarashe Mumbengegwi.

Pressure is mounting on regional leaders to take a tougher stance on the [continue reading]