Outlook bleak for Zimbabwe elections

As featured in the SAPA report carried by iafrica.com, 2 February 2005

A discussion hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) on Wednesday painted a bleak picture of the possibility of free and fair elections in Zimbabwe

The administration of justice in Zimbabwe was under increasing stress and the Movement for Democratic Change was not allowed to air its views on TV or radio, advocate George Bizos said in a presentation.

Wednesday marked the 15th anniversary of the day then-president FW de Klerk announced the unbanning of the African National Congress and the release of Nelson Mandela from Prison, and SAIIA national director Greg Mills compared Zimbabwe’s leader’s unfavourably to de Klerk.

‘It is improbable to see the sort of statesmanship we saw 15 years ago, in Zimbabwe,’ Mills said.

Mills was speaking at a discussion on conditions necessary for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe.



21 Apr 2008