FF Plus no to Zim loan

2013-04-18 22:21
Anton Alberts

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Johannesburg - The government must withdraw its proposed R900m loan to Zimbabwe to help fund its upcoming elections, the FF Plus said on Thursday.

"In the light of South Africa's Constitution... the loan to Zimbabwe is unconstitutional," Freedom Front Plus spokesperson Anton Alberts said in a statement.

"Against the backdrop of South Africa's own economic challenges and pressure on taxpayers, the loan should be withdrawn."

It was reported on Tuesday that talks between the two countries about financial help were at a "sensitive stage".

On Monday, Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti said his treasury did not have the capacity to fund the elections, for which the country needed about R1.2 billion.

Biti said the Zimbabwean government had written to the United Nations, South Africa, and Angola asking for loans.

He was reported later on Monday as saying South Africa would contribute R900m. The elections are scheduled to be held later this year.

On Wednesday, it was reported that Zimbabwe had withdrawn a request it had made to the United Nations for money to fund its elections, after refusing to accept UN conditions, including media reforms and security issues.

Alberts said it appeared that the Zimbabwean government was not prepared to accept the conditions, which promoted democracy.

"It is clear that the Zanu-PF component of the Zimbabwean government is not interested in ensuring true democracy and human rights in that country," he said.

Alberts said withdrawing the loan would prompt the government to reconsider the UN loan.

"This will force Zimbabwe to accept the UN's loan with their terms and in this manner also ensure that the chances for a fair election in Zimbabwe improve."

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