Zim women fear poll violence

2009-09-01 17:04

Johannesburg - Zimbabwean women who were raped and beaten in the run-up to last year's vote fear new elections will mean new violence.

A woman who was raped last year because of her support for opponents to President Robert Mugabe joined rights activists at a news conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday to draw attention to their concerns.

Memory Shiriinorira said she was speaking out in hopes it will lead to her rapists finally being prosecuted. She said she feared they were planning more political violence ahead of elections expected next year.

The briefing came a week before heads of state from across southern Africa gather at a summit at which the political crisis in Zimbabwe was expected to be a major issue.