Zimbabwe govt rubbishes Khampepe report on 2002 polls

2014-11-21 11:40


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – The Zimbabwean government has rubbished as "a nullity" the damning report detailing the "2002 electoral theft" blamed on President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party.

The report by two South African High Court judges, Dikgang Moseneke and Sisi Khampepe, found the Zimbabwe elections of 2002 not to be free or fair.

The report was published on the Mail & Guardian's website last week following a lengthy legal battle.

But according to The Herald, Zimbabwe's minister of information Jonathan Moyo said: "Bringing a report that is 12 years old in politics is not very useful because as they say a day in politics can be like 1 000 years."

Jonathan Moyo
Jonathan Moyo (File: AFP)

Moyo said it would be unreasonable to waste time on a report that was written by two people on a nationwide election with over 8 000 polling stations in 10 provinces, covering at that time 120 constituencies.

Violence and intimidation

Moyo said although the two judges were capable people, they were not superhuman beings.

In their report, Moseneke and Khampepe found, among other things, that 107 people had died in the midst of pre-election violence and intimidation in certain areas of the country.

The deaths were believed to be politically motivated killings of mostly opposition politicians, between March 2000 and March 2002.

Zimbabwe's electoral laws were also "drastically amended and manipulated by executive decrees", the consequences of which were felt on voter education and the voters' roll.

A poll think-tank and electoral lobby group, Election Resource Centre (ERC), has already called on former South African presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe as well as President Jacob Zuma - who have spent more than six years fighting against the release of the report – to make a public apology to Zimbabweans for denying public access to the report.

'Deeply appalled'

This comes as opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai also accused Pretoria of "wittingly or unwittingly aid[ing] the subversion of democratic processes in Zimbabwe".

Morgan tsvangirai
Morgan Tsvangirai. (File: AFP)

In his first public response on to the Khampepe Report, Tsvangirai said he was "deeply appalled" by the report.

Tsvangirai has never accepted his defeat in that poll, or in subsequent elections.

His MDC party says all elections from 2000 have been stolen by Mugabe and the ruling Zanu-PF.

Tsvangirai, who lost presidential elections last year to Mugabe yet again and whose popularity is now on the wane, said: "Zimbabwe's problems could have been solved in 2002 if this damning report had not been swept under the carpet."

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  mdc  |  thabo mbeki  |  dikgang moseneke  |  jonathan moyo  |  sisi khampepe  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  robert mugabe  |  kgalema motlanthe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.


24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.