Mbeki, Motlanthe, Zuma 'must apologise to Zimbabweans'

2014-11-20 12:21
ZANU-PF supporters hold a poster with Robert Mugabe's picture as they attend an election campaign rally. (File: AFP)

ZANU-PF supporters hold a poster with Robert Mugabe's picture as they attend an election campaign rally. (File: AFP)

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Cape Town – Poll think-tank and electoral lobby group Election Resource Centre (ERC) has reportedly called on South Africa to apologise to Zimbabweans after the Pretoria administration delayed the release of a damning report on Zimbabwe's 2002 elections.

A report by two South African High Court judges, which found the Zimbabwe elections of 2002 not to be free or fair, was made public last week following a lengthy legal battle.

The report, contrary to declarations by the then Thabo Mbeki-led administration, confirmed suspicions of poll rigging and a litany of irregularities blamed on the state apparatus in Zimbabwe's 2002 elections.

The report was published on the Mail & Guardian's website on Friday.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, ERC said in a statement it was joining Zimbabwean voters and democrats everywhere in mourning the delayed release of the highly sought-after report on the controversial 2002 Zimbabwe presidential polls.

"Deeply appalled"

ERC demanded that former 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 - make a public apology to Zimbabweans for denying public access to the report.

Thabo Mbeki (File: AFP)

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".

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

Morgan Tsvangirai.

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."

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