MDC arrests must end, says Pahad

2008-06-13 00:00

Cape Town — Ignoring an opposition call for urgent intervention in the arrest of MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti, the government yesterday maintained its stance of quiet diplomacy towards Zimbabwe.

Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad told reporters here the government will not “go around lecturing people” on free and fair elections.

“Let’s see what has happened. If they have said they have arrested him for treason, then they must bring him before the high court …”

Pahad conceded that the arrests of the MDC leadership in the past nine days “has to come to an end … President Mbeki intervened when Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested. We will be in touch with the Zimbabweans”.

Earlier, Democratic Alliance spokesman Tony Leon called on Mbeki to secure Biti’s immediate release to allow the MDC to continue with its election campaign.

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