Zimbabwe stalemate 'can't go on forever'

2011-05-09 14:44

Pretoria - A member of the southern African mediation team for Zimbabwe said on Monday the country's political stalemate "cannot go on forever", but said new elections would be impossible this year.

"Elections this year are out. We need to create a conducive environment and strengthen institutions," said Lindiwe Zulu, a member of the three-person mediation team for Zimbabwe.

"There is clear acceptance by all three parties that they need time for doing all the work that needs to be done," Zulu told a conference to discuss Zimbabwe's political future.

Last year, a frustrated President Robert Mugabe said he wanted Zimbabwe to hold elections in 2011 to end his two-year-old power-sharing government with rival Morgan Tsvangirai, formed to stem a political crisis and stop an economic meltdown in the wake of violent and contested polls in 2008.

But the veteran leader appears to have abandoned the call for a rush vote after regional leaders insisted at a March summit that Zimbabwe draft a new constitution as agreed in the power-sharing deal before going to the poll.

Several Zimbabwean leaders, including Tsvangirai, have said elections will not be possible before the constitutional reforms are finalised.

Last month, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa said polls could be held as late as 2013.

But Zulu, who is South African President Jacob Zuma's foreign affairs adviser, said the country was moving "very fast" toward a new vote.

"I can tell you the wheel is moving very fast. There are going to be elections in Zimbabwe. What is happening in Zimbabwe now cannot go on forever," she said.

"At some point it has to stop."

The referendum process on drafting the new constitution is set to resume in September, following repeated delays over outbreaks of violence mostly blamed on Mugabe supporters.

  • Robert - 2011-05-09 14:46

    poo poo poo same old

      Francois - 2011-05-09 15:45

      How about the Zim army report to Tsvangirai from now until election? Then I think elections will never come! Come Nonnie Lindiwe Sisulu get the army ready - they must go and ensure free and fair elections!

      Hilary - 2011-05-10 08:36

      @ Francois - They must first deal with their own issues here, their hands are full anyway! The SA army without the blessing of SADC cannot enter Zim territory on their own accord, it is tantamount to invasion and I can assure you, if they try it, they will ever regret the day they agreed to go.

      davidsayers59 - 2011-05-12 09:43

      Remember the zim army are all bringing back dimonds from the DRC so the few that do get deployed there come back to zim with incredible amounts of cash. Majority of the army do not want change as they are milking it

  • King Solomon - 2011-05-09 14:58

    Cant go on forever? You wanna bet?

      vambozha mutemi - 2011-05-09 15:15

      i bet the mediator was intoxicated

      davidsayers59 - 2011-05-12 09:48

      Every day it seems forever, lets all just hope for the best and fight for our land

  • Beedyeye - 2011-05-09 15:14

    Yes it can.

  • umlaut - 2011-05-09 15:38

    Yes it can go on forever--the longer the more the proof that black africans can't run the administration of a country. This is a disgrace, worse than Apartheid could ever have been.

      Hilary - 2011-05-10 08:31

      Your statements are obviously racial, prejudicial and very steriotipical. So in your mind if it was a white person then they can run the administration of a country simmply because of the colour of their skin? Your thinking is so skewed that you need to get your head examined. Ability to run any administration is based on capability, and whether you are black or white or yellow or green whatever, as long as you dont have it you will not be able to.

      davidsayers59 - 2011-05-12 09:45

      Sorry hilary, I got to agree with umlaut to some point!

      MagdaKus - 2011-10-11 06:45

      Guys, please keep race out of this. It is terribly counter-produtive. In addition, I do know some very bright black people and some very dim white ones, so it is not an accurate measure of administrative skills.

  • umlaut - 2011-05-09 15:45

    Look at Botswana--they seem to be the exception to run a country.

      Valis - 2011-05-09 15:58

      Well, their president has a white mother...

      Hilary - 2011-05-10 08:42

      For how long have they been independant and been able to deal with teething problems?

  • mufasa - 2011-05-09 16:12

    in the land of the blind the one eyed basturd is king.... just a pity its a glass eye

  • willieman - 2011-05-09 16:55

    One of this day Mugabe will have heart attack and the game will be over for Grace and others

  • - 2011-05-09 20:37

    Yawn ! Blah blah, Zimbabwe, blah blah. Robert Mugabe blah blah blah.

  • Francois - 2011-05-10 06:23

    Release the Kamphephe report - the stalemate should never have started if Racist Mbeki allowed his lover to steal the 2001 election. Sorry, his beloved father.

  • MagdaKus - 2011-10-11 06:40

    How are elections going to help I wonder? When was the last time Bob actually won the elections? What difference did that make?

  • mark.hansell - 2011-10-16 14:10

    Zuma is such a blatant liar, thief and the ultimate gangster. Coupled with Mugabe, Zanu pf, and the ANC make up what I would call the largest organized crime racket worldwide. This praise for the IEC by Zuma ........ and followed shortly by the need for election in Zimbabwe. This is what is going to happen : Elections monitored by SA IEC rubber stamp a Zanu PF victory , Zuma gets a share of Marange diamonds and bob still has a job. So thinly veiled is Zuma's deceit.... but then the population of Africa is incapable of determining reality because their culture doesn't encompass an understanding of their leaders criminality and greed. The Zuma,s of Africa are easily able to persuade the voting population by "divide and rule" The end result however is gauranteed failure and only time is a variable.

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