Bring Zim to a standstill - MDC's Bennett

2013-08-01 17:21

Johannesburg - A veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader called on Thursday for a campaign to bring the country to a halt, after a disputed election that has seen President Robert Mugabe's allies claim victory.

"There needs to be resistance against this theft and the people of Zimbabwe need to speak out strongly," the Movement for Democratic Change's (MDC) Roy Bennett told AFP in Johannesburg.

"I'm talking about passive resistance. I'm talking about people completely shutting the country down - don't pay any bills, don't attend work, just bring the country to a standstill."

Bennett, an aide to Mugabe's long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai, spends much of his time outside Zimbabwe after a series of arrests.

He remains MDC treasurer.

Mugabe's allies declared the veteran leader had romped to victory in Wednesday's poll.

Bennett expressed dismay at an election he described as an "absolute total sham”.

"I'm totally shocked at how badly they've rigged it and expect to get away with it."

"It’s not a case of even rigging it. It's a case of having totally stolen it. Blatant, outright, daylight theft of the greatest proportions."

Britain, meanwhile, has expressed concern that Zimbabwe had not enacted important electoral reform before Wednesday's vote in the former British colony, and by reports that large numbers of voters had been turned away.

"We are also concerned by the late publication of the electoral roll," a spokesperson for the British Foreign Office told Reuters.

"Any judgement on the credibility of elections will need to take these factors into account."

  • Fritz Brits - 2013-08-01 17:29

    huur vir vavi

  • Makhosonke Mqikela - 2013-08-01 17:33

    Has the ZEC released official results lately?

  • mawethu.ngcaluza - 2013-08-01 17:36

    impossible..mayb only MDC voters can do that. and this is a stupid call from Cde Bennett.

      ProfAndyZulu - 2013-08-02 06:54

      How so?

  • bobby.dzavakwandhlovu - 2013-08-01 17:38

    This coming from the man who secretly mined diamonds on his farm then used the ill-gotten gains to fund the MDC? Not everyone is MDC Mr. Bennett! And besides, why do you want to cry foul when the results don't seem to be going your way? The only result you would ever accept is if MDC won. Maybe you (MDC) have been found out???

      Philip Condor - 2013-08-01 18:33

      Mr. Bennett! But zimbabwe came to a standstill since 2008, they went in reverse so what now?.. do you mean they should stop reversing?

      Ashanzi Afrika - 2013-08-01 19:10

      Do you have proof of this accusation?

      ProfAndyZulu - 2013-08-02 06:55

      So, you think one man has that much power?? {Pardon sarcasm!}

  • Lwandile Mabusela - 2013-08-01 17:39

    If I am not mistaken most MDC members/supporters are workers so yea you can bring the country to a stand still and force Gabriel to negotiate with Morgan.

      Punungwe - 2013-08-01 17:49

      In Zimbabwe most people are self employed. If you stay at home, it is your pocket which runs dry.

      Whatalotigot Smarties - 2013-08-01 17:49

      Maybe the Taxpayers in South Africa must do the same to force the ANC to stop ruining our country and stop stealing our money. All ZANU-PF supporters live on hand-outs while the MDC supporters work their butts off.

  • Punungwe - 2013-08-01 17:40

    Bennet go to Zimbabwe and be at the forefront.

  • Sifiso Sosibo - 2013-08-01 17:44

    But Zim people are COWARDS who fear even the extinct Dinosaur's shadow. They would've tackled the issue back in 2000 and doubt they'll have the courage we had to make their country ungovernable like we did in the 80's!

      Luthando Peko - 2013-08-01 17:50

      He is crying babe and he must accept defeat. Viva Zanu PF Viva

      Luthando Peko - 2013-08-01 17:51

      He is crying babe and he must accept defeat. Viva Zanu PF Viva

      Carlin Mitchell - 2013-08-01 18:27

      The Zimbabweans are exactly where they need to be. If they won't throw off their present dictator then they'll soon be ruled by another if somebody does it for them. They must want it badly enough to do it for themselves.

      ProfAndyZulu - 2013-08-02 06:56

      @Luthando - yes, you are free, free to lay about in your over-grown back yard and wonder how your TV was made...

  • Twerk French Twerk - 2013-08-01 17:54

    One solution: "CIVIL WAR " period

  • Luthando Peko - 2013-08-01 17:56

    Accept defeat and go back to the drawing board and bringing Zim to a standstill won't help because the people of Zimbabwe has spoken and remember youre the minority

      Tersia Louw - 2013-08-01 18:10

      Many, many of the people of Zimbabwe who "spoke" have been dead for years. And Roy Bennett isn't a minority, he's a Zimbabwean.

      Jambo Lucille - 2013-08-01 18:12

      Um no, the minority they are not, you would not RIG elections in this extreme manner if you were the majority......and if you are talking about Bennet because he is white, you are just an idiot and don't deserve a comment.

  • Kelvin De Beer - 2013-08-01 18:01

    Eh Bennett do u want them to toi-toi?

      Jambo Lucille - 2013-08-01 18:14

      I don't think you realise the severity of this. The MDC and the supporters are angry. Try living in the Zimbabwe of 10 years ago, it was inhumane and it is only going to get worse. Think Malema winning, what would you do.

      Kelvin De Beer - 2013-08-01 18:18

      Jambo if malema win I will accept its called democracy

      John Butler - 2013-08-01 19:16

      LOL, yeah right Kelvin. So if your new president Malema takes away your house because you are not African enough, would you accept that as democratic too?

  • Luthando Peko - 2013-08-01 18:01

    Viva Zanu PF Viva

      Bruce Mawillis - 2013-08-01 18:49

      Viva .

      John Butler - 2013-08-01 19:17

      Excellent comment, I can see you and Bruce put a lot of thought into it.

      Jon Low - 2013-08-02 01:02

      Spanish slogan... a white man's language?

      Raphael Carvalho - 2013-08-02 03:09

      Live in Zimbabwe 5 days and tell me if you still support the Mugabe regime.

      Alan Kennedy - 2013-08-02 09:05

      Commenting from Zimbabwe, Luthando?

  • Itu PapagaBoitshoko Chake - 2013-08-01 18:03


  • Thamsanqa D't - 2013-08-01 18:05

    did they vote for uncle Bob again......?

  • Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto - 2013-08-01 18:09

    Mugabe said if they lose he will have a heart attack probably leave politics, bt this stupid Morgan all he did was crying like baby instead of campaigning and he new he will lose n started dirty tricks of crying.

      Mufaro Mahleka - 2013-08-01 18:28


  • Patrick Hayes - 2013-08-01 18:13

    The former Rhodesian soldier,Roy Bennet who fought so hard to defend Ian Smith's apartheid regime.Bennett should just go to hell.Zimbabweans have spoken, they elected the party that liberated them-Zanu pf and they rejected British puppet party-MDC that has the racist likes of Bennett,Eddie Cross,Ian Kay in its ranks.

      Colleen Frau - 2013-08-01 18:54

      You heard the saying "one man one vote once" now blame every one if it makes you feel better.

      Xolile Ngcengce - 2013-08-01 20:42

      Patrick i hope u ar not here in SA like other Zimbabwes looking for a job

  • Goran Unkovski - 2013-08-01 18:16

    Have you the people spoken??? Well done on speaking out again... Speaking out for the utter destruction of youreconomy, speaking out for more us dollars since zim dollar was ruined by yours truly... Speaking out again for less water, electricity, sanitation, education, less jobs, less food, less arts, less technology, less sports... Well done on speaking out... Viva zanu pfviva... And thank you for all the progress over the last decade...

      Michael Wilson - 2013-08-02 10:56

      The western countries sabotaged your currency?? Really man, why comment if you prefer blocking your eyes and ears to reality, rather then thinking about things like a proper grownup.

  • Benny Magedi - 2013-08-01 18:17

    So this means more and more zimbabweans in our south africa. The people who are gonna rob our ordinary citizens basic services like health srvices it puzzles me to see a zimbabwean admitted to a south african hopital while a deserving south african will be told "sorry there are no beds"*pissed*

      Mpho Mokoena - 2013-08-01 19:11

      You have no idea what it feel like to be under Mugabe's rulling. It's war and those people u see here are seeking for better living. Let's not throw stupid comments yet these people still pay tax and most school teachers are from Zimbabwe.

      Mutandi Zinduwa - 2013-08-01 23:10

      benny, I think South Africans are actually ululating about a ZANU PF victory. Now SA is assured of cheap labour. Zimbabweans work for you and you don't even pay them decently. Your schools, roads and farms are being worked by Zimbos whom you even do as much as pee in their mouths but you feel pain to see your slaves getting health care! You are worse than their Bob and the brits combined!

      Alan Kennedy - 2013-08-02 09:11

      @Willard; So black colonialist/settlers are OK?

      George Zimani - 2013-08-02 16:59

      How come when u talk of foreigners in sa u turn a blind eye to the very many nigerians,indians,congolese,indians,cameroonians,mozambicans,malawians and these uncountable whites who are even having the better of the south african economy at the expense of south africans living in mkukus in their own country

  • Abe Sunday - 2013-08-01 18:18

    Dont roar in joburg and think mugabe can hear you,get to zim and start the fight so others help you.

      Jan Matsetela - 2013-08-01 18:26

      100 Thumbs up for that

  • Michael Kudakwashe Whizzkid Chamunorwa - 2013-08-01 18:21

    Bennet bennet bennet dont incite from afar go home if you are really concerned!!you are amongst the millions who clamour for change yet you and i ran away.tsvangirayi was never supposed to have participated in the elections.he validated the vote after misjudging the mood now its gonna be HARD!!NOT PARTICIPATING WAS THE BEST WAY OF PROTEST I THINK AS MUCH AS HE HAS TRIED WHICH IS LAUDABLE WE NEED NEW LEADERS FOR THE MDC POOR PLANNING COST US THE VOTE

      Michael Kudakwashe Whizzkid Chamunorwa - 2013-08-01 19:19

      @ mr edwards thats how you see it no qualms

      Mutandi Zinduwa - 2013-08-01 23:14

      we made a strategic error on Tsvangirai and Biti. We should have put forth other leaders. I am not sure shouting Mugabe rigged this time is the wise thing to do.

  • bobby.dzavakwandhlovu - 2013-08-01 18:26

    Well said Whizzkid.

  • Langford Tizai - 2013-08-01 18:26

    lets go and vote guys

  • Phranz Bodumele - 2013-08-01 18:29

    Mxxm bad loosers!

  • Bruce Mawillis - 2013-08-01 18:47

    Mr Bennet you have personal issues with Cde Mutasa and Cde Chinamasa, i think its time you talked to our comrades instead of this stance you are taking. You are a former member of Zanupf and your farm was protected by these 2 comrades even when you were at mdct. The biggest mistake you made was mining diamonds secretly . Did you honestly think the Cio wouldnt find out? We will work with you or anyone from your party only if you become progressive. This is a new Zimbabwe Bennet dont be left out because of personal issues.

  • Obby Kautondokua - 2013-08-01 19:14

    Why do this opposition sore losers always cry foul when the result doesn't go their way.."bringing the country to a standstill" hoe onnodig is dit! The only result this MDC pricks will except is if they win,"so untill then every result that goes Mugabe's way is rigged".

  • Sbu Shaun Sheshani - 2013-08-01 20:03

    Firstly one need to acknowledge that ppl of Zimbabwe voted yesterday peacefully bcs there were no major incidents reported, secondly if MDC saw or knew that the elections were not gona be & fair they supposed not to have voted, on the eve of elections Morgan was confident that he was gona win elections. Just bcs he ddnt win now he says the elections were a sham. To you Mr Bennett, as your saying Zim ppl oppossed to Mugabe must bring Zim to a standstill while u're hiding, it not a good call u're making particular bcs even yourself u wnt be taking part in that standstill. But lastly as South Africans we're very supportive to our fellow Africans but I blv soon we will reach a limit cz ppl like you start a war that they cant stand with hope of coming to hide in our country. As Zim ppl u need to work with Mugabe goverment to change ppls life not to work against

  • Samuel Chari - 2013-08-01 20:23

    Yea right.We must be prepared to die for evicted settled farmers like Roy Bonnet

  • Solani Sunnyboy - 2013-08-01 20:36

    I will say it over and over again, pres Mugabe never rigged elections but the west and the Americans with their sanctions.they made it possible for Mugabe to cleverly use the situation to his advantage, like anyone could have done that.sanctions made it extremely possible for Zec to be financially not viable and as a result it could not obligate it's mandate fully.the west kept themselves at bay because of it's rude relations with Zimbabwe.

  • Wekunetsa Münétsié - 2013-08-01 20:48

    We say no to resistance it's not a solution to solve problems but if we unite and work together we can have a much brighter future

  • France Modise - 2013-08-01 21:06

    This whitey should have just gone back to Europe and leave Zim alone.Zim is just fine under ZANU-PF.

  • Hlomani Job Mbava Chauke - 2013-08-01 21:24

    This Mugabe thing must be in his place by the UN. Zimbabweans cause 20% of the world's downfall in economy, and if they just let go : SA will be in big trouble if they let again Zimbabweans stay in the country for the next 5yrs, and i will be glad to hear Zuma 'n Malema's comments on this issue.

      Buli Bulawayo - 2013-08-01 23:55

      you talking nonsense, where were you when Zimbabwe and other neighboring countries accomodated South Africans during the struggle. Zimbabweans are fine here they are Africans they will go home when they want to, why are you not complaining about other non South African people who stay in South Africa..

  • Bolokang Tikane - 2013-08-01 21:52

    This bennet why can't he go back to britain?

      Raphael Carvalho - 2013-08-02 03:17

      Because he was born in Zimbabwe. Genius.

      Michael Wilson - 2013-08-02 11:00

      It sucks having to share a country with people like you :(.

  • Kevin Baker - 2013-08-01 22:00

    And you back to the bush Chauke

  • George Zimani - 2013-08-01 22:05

    bennet and his father had been mining dimonds with his father since 1950s he stole from the zimbabweans more than anyone you can think of he must just shut up

  • ProfAndyZulu - 2013-08-02 06:54

    Evil Uncle Bob-ert will NEVER step aside... He has far too much to lose whilst he is still alive...

  • Kay Meso - 2013-08-02 07:42

    I wish Zimbabweans living in S.A don't feel offended. Without taking anything from uncle bob, Tshangarai and others who contested for leadership in Zim, I think the problems faced by Zimbabwe as a country can be better solve by Zimbabweans as its citizens.

  • Bhas Kwang - 2013-08-02 08:38

    African people are hypnotized and blinded by British people in such a way that they fail to see simple truth. Mugabe want the economy of Zimbabwe to benefit Zimbabweans or Africans, But because British are greedy they just want to come in Zimbabwe and take Diamond, Gold, Tobacco and all other resources to Britain and England since they think they are only one who deserve better life, So these people put Zimbabwe on Sanctions. Mugabe is not like Mandela they should accept that, hes not gonna be their puppet like Mandela. Black people should wake up otherwise African people will always suffer and be slaves of western people.Mugabe is fighting for Africans.

      Bhas Kwang - 2013-08-02 13:12

      As if you Educated, but one thing for for sure your heart is so hurt since Mugabe is still in charge, the chances of white people to steal are so little, shame on you.

  • Mabritishmajaira Majaira - 2013-08-02 09:06

    Mr Bennett, you probably still have the Ian Smith mentality. Thought you had changed or some kind of reformation. Why do you speak of things you know will not be possible? Voting doesn't take place on or some dubious internet news mouth piece. The difference is in 2008, people vote using their stomach because they were hungry. This time because they are not hungry, they simply used their minds! I can bet you Mr Bennett, with your arrogance you were still going to lose in Manicaland. Vanawasu varamba!!!

      Bhas Kwang - 2013-08-02 09:16

      thank you Baba well spoken.

      Gazza Stephen Gwara - 2013-08-02 12:49


  • Richard Scully - 2013-08-02 09:26

    The Zimbos are weak, they will just accept Mugabe

      Widzo Mateere Moyo - 2013-08-03 06:03

      We accept him,We are not weak.WE VOTED FOR HIS POLICIES.Morgan coild not articulate his policies and vision and is seen as a pupert of the likes of this Bennet so Zimbos rejected him.Don't buy this we were rigged junk.

  • Sipiwe Mai Rumbi Mashie - 2013-08-02 09:40

    Bennett can bring all the Rhodesians to vote but they will never win the elections. Bennett and his Rhodesians brought Zimbabwe almost to a halt through economic sabotage. They managed to gain support through trickery. But the people saw through the lies eventually. That is why they turned out in millions to vote against the proposed move back to Rhodesian slavery. Bennett don't forget that it is Zimbabweans on the ground who vote not outsiders that you are trying to convince

      Rumbidzai Kaugare - 2013-08-02 09:47

      thank u mai rue

      Widzo Mateere Moyo - 2013-08-02 10:12

      Another brilliant voice from the motherland!!!

      Widzo Mateere Moyo - 2013-08-03 05:57

      Twakie,I am not in sa i am in Zim and will never come there.The last i was in sa JUST FOR A VISIT i couldn't stand the fact that as i entered a certain upmarket shop at east rand mall to buy myself a pair of shoes the white stewards' ganged on me like a suspect when I finally bought the expensive shoe on cash the black guard seemed amazed that a black person could afford such a shoe on cash so much she had to ask me'are you buying this for yourself'.The blacks in that country are mere spectators while the whites control the means of production Here in Zim they jump or behave all thanks to Mugabe.

  • Khutso Mokami - 2013-08-02 09:54

    If Zimbabweans do that then it will clearly show that votes were rigged bt if nothing happens then it will mean people have voted Mugabe in fairly.....

  • Elaine Greenblatt - 2013-08-02 10:03

    Even Passive resistance can lead to violence

  • Bruce Owendavies - 2013-08-02 10:12

    why does he not step down and let the people rebuild zim,he has been in power for 33years surley he has enough money to see him till he goes

  • san.stols - 2013-08-02 10:15

    Mugabe is a new form of Idi Amin. Zim is now "happy", but who will pay in the long run? South Africa! Take Mugabe out! All happen just as we knew.

  • Roan RG Murray - 2013-08-02 11:26

    I dont want to hear a single word about what is going on in Zimbabwe, if they want Mugabe they must have him.

  • Clive Reid - 2013-08-02 11:30

    I was born in 1978.I am one of the people who where affected by this cheap politics this old fox are playing. Please this elders they do not have Zimbabwe at heart.The problems that they created will cost generations to come I am angry .Think Zimbabwe think the future of our projenitors .Real democracy can only be achieved through the bareel of a gun.Tsvangirai and mdc have failed Zimbabwe.

  • Fernel Campher - 2013-08-02 11:35

    This is really sad.... Robert Mugabe was a Hero to the people....... But He now became the very thing he vowed to fight..... It is really sad, he was a good man. But corrupted by his own ambition.

  • Elm Manu - 2013-08-03 21:14

    Seems most dump-witted SA's think that one can only comment on News24 news articles from SA..nxa

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