Zim polls need outside monitors - Motlanthe

2011-03-03 22:20

Cape Town - Zimbabwe's next elections should mark a watershed and be monitored by as many international observers as the country's first post-colonial vote in 1980, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Thursday.

"The conception is that these elections would be a watershed like the 1980 elections that happened when the old Rhodesia became Zimbabwe," Motlanthe said during question time in the National Council of Provinces.

"There would be a need for an international presence of the same scale, to ensure a bridge with the past."

Motlanthe called on all political parties in South Africa's troubled northern neighbour to ensure the elections are free and fair.

"The next elections are viewed by all parties as watershed elections, and therefore they have to prepare for them thoroughly to ensure that there will not be not any more violence, intimidation during the course of the election campaign."

President Robert Mugabe has threatened to call elections regardless of whether the country's new constitution has been completed - a pre-condition for polls in Zimbabwe's power-sharing Global Political Agreement.

This earned him a veiled rebuke from South Africa's Deputy Minister for International Relations, Marius Fransman, who insisted this week that all parties were bound by the agreement.

Becomes our problem

Motlanthe sent the same message, saying an election date could only be set once all parties had agreed to a political blueprint paving the way for the next elections.

He said a facilitation team from South Africa was due back in Zimbabwe at the end of the month to check on progress in this regard.

"According to their work plan the facilitation team is due to go back to Zimbabwe at the end of March, so that they pull together this road map. And it is only in the face of that road map that the election date can be set."

Motlanthe warned that Zimbabwe could only hope for a full economic recovery if it stuck to political stability. Heavy-handed foreign intervention could have disastrous consequences that would also impact directly on South Africa, he added.

"It is the will of the Zimbabwean people which must determine the future of Zimbabwe as a country, and it is in our interest as a country that indeed we proceed in that direction.

"Because if we fail and Zimbabwe implodes, literally the border between Zimbabwe will disappear and we will sit with all the problems.

"We already know. We've had a taste. That's why our approach is one that ensures that steadily they move in the right direction.

"We would not ourselves employ methods that would undermine the will of the Zimbabwean people."

Questioned about ongoing violence in Zimbabwe, Motlanthe conceded there were still complaints of abuse by the country's security forces.

"Of course sometimes old habits die hard. The law enforcement units... are used to dealing with citizens a bit harshly. This was confirmed in meetings with the various political parties, including Zanu-PF."

He said the Zimbabwean Human Rights Commission was trying to ensure "Zimbabwe as a country bucks the trend of election campaigns that are characterised by violence and intimidation".

  • Mundu - 2011-03-03 22:31

    I think Motlanthe should take over as president from ZUMA. He looks the part unlike ol peanut head and this sounds right. Then again it's most likely just election smoke for our asses.

      robertgunning - 2011-03-04 00:06

      yup, can you feel it?

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-03-04 00:12

      More talk, no action. I don't believe that this current government has the cojones to actually do something about the dictatorship on their doorstep. Sorry, not buying it anymore.

      Blikskottel - 2011-03-04 06:26

      Mothlante will make no differnece, as the ANC is rotten to the core. it is time for a new party to govern. - 2011-03-04 08:29

      What Motlanthe means by 'international presence' is a team of madman mugabe's buddies [ie anc] making SURE the despot dictator wins! I cannot STAND the way one's intellect is CONSTANTLY undermined in this country by so-called 'leaders'! Morgan Tsvangirai deserves a medal of sorts for his perseverance! But, MIRACLES DO HAPPEN and one can only hope for a miracle in Zimbabwe-that mugabe is ousted!

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-03-04 08:54

      Majority of people that make noise about ANC are whites and in all fairness, ANC doesn’t represent you nor care about your input, ANC doesn’t need vote from a white man period, just look at farm murders ANC hardly comment because they don’t care about you. They don’t canvass in white dominated areas because they have enough followers. This thing of cheap talk or the ANC is just trying to win your Votes is nonsense, since 1994 ANC has been in power without your votes and that you must deal with it because it is reality. Whether Motlante is the same as Zuma is not a white man problem but an ANC issue and it is ANC who decide who the next President will be, not DA, FF+ etc.

      Chibuli - 2011-03-04 12:22

      Tshifhiwa, you're a bone-head AND a racist. There is an old apartheid word that describes you perfectly - and I don't give a damn whether or not it's "politically-correct" to use it - you ARE it!

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-03-04 13:37

      Chibuli what i said is true whether you call me K word it really doesnt make any different to me and the masses, gone are the days when you were treated like kings and queens. you can swear, shout and do all this sort of things but it will only end here on news24.

      Cupra - 2011-03-04 13:54

      @Tshifhiwa I want to punch you so badly my fist has a hard on ,,I,, I CANNOT believe how blind & arrogant you "people" can be.... " ANC doesn’t represent you nor care about your input, ANC doesn’t need vote from a white man period, just look at farm murders ANC hardly comment because they don’t care about you." fck face, they dont care about you either!!!!!! wake up buddy!!!!!

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-02-24 19:44

      Sorry dude, Motlhanthe has always been in meeting where unconstitutional decisions were taken. He is no different from the rest of the ANC corrupt bunch, or would long have dissociated himself

  • Francois - 2011-03-03 23:03

    Hey Mothlanthe, this speech would have been great if it was made by Racist Mbeki in 2001. Mugabe has already stolen an election and the then ANC president did not listen to the will of the people of Zimbabwe! He, Racist Mbeki, did the same with the GPA, in 2008. Give us the Kamphephe report if you are blameless! Old habits die hard - does that include backing Mugabe from the ANC's side? Or okaying stolen elections? What a bag of tripe- are you in competition with Zuma and Manyi who can speak the best merde?

  • Ed - 2011-03-03 23:25

    "A bit harshly"... tut tut

  • Gaffer - 2011-03-04 00:09

    Look like if someone need same points...!!

  • Alibaba - 2011-03-04 01:47

    Amazing what people will say in the run-up to an election if they start feeling a bit of heat. Why don't you guys rather try to manage the country properly all the time then you don't need to be nasty to your buddies...

  • Blikskottel - 2011-03-04 06:26

    What will the point be if the RSA observer team does like they did in Angola and eclare it fair and free, while the truth is not even clos to that?

  • Bothwell - 2011-03-04 06:34

    i say President Kgalema Motlanthe for office they is nothinng more zimbabweans are crying for free and fair internationally supervised elections with no violence then we can sort our mess well said and well received wish someone above him could make it clear that without the above conditions south africa will put no fuel,electricity,support to zimbabwe and even take the crisis to un security council where mbeki said there is no crisis in zimbabwe.let they be real action President Kgalema Motlanthe!

      lldoidge - 2011-03-04 07:18

      It wouldn't even help if Mandela came back as president. The ANC is rotten to the core. It is run by a bunch of lying, thieving, coniving buffoons and nobody dare put their head above the pulpit!

  • golanc2 - 2011-03-04 06:58

    he i.q. of 200.

  • Mike - 2011-03-04 07:23

    What a good idea comming from the ANC. Why not have an election that is respected by the rest of the world. Maybee the African Union can supervise and gain some respect for that organisation as well

      Felix - 2011-03-04 09:21

      Or Julius can go learn how to rig an election properly?

  • HAD - 2011-03-04 07:59

    If the UN can have 'Peace Keeping Forces' accross the world in hot spots, why can't the UN have an 'Elite Election Team' that uses a large number of completely independent officials and election workers combined with the latest technology to conduct elections in difficult countries? In this way no one can dispute the results.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-04 08:38

    Does he mean the monitors must come from the Western Countries?? I doubt it. It will be the same old friends of uncle Bob society, otherwise they wont be allowed in.

  • Dave - 2011-03-04 09:02

    by the sounds of things in Umhlanga we need outside monitors for ourselves deputy!! Look whats happening in your own backyard before you start pointing fingers!

  • Stuartthom - 2011-03-04 10:56

    you can have as many observers as u like from all over the world, the thing will still be rigged and if bob loses he will in any case refuse to accept the results and stay where he is - look at most elections in Africa its a farce

  • jayrozz6 - 2011-03-04 11:44

    something is wrong with this article.

  • jayrozz6 - 2011-03-04 11:45

    Outside what? not in Mugabe's life time

  • Joyi Malenga - 2011-03-04 11:58

    I think Motlante and co have nothing else to say and just want to hear their own voices. Please just keep quiet and shake hands with the chap, like you've been doing all along...but keep your border open for us...and keep that attitude from customs at Beitbridge in check!!

  • cialb - 2011-03-04 12:30

    @ Tshifiwa, thanks for clarifying what many of us have long felt. ie that that the ANC has no place or interest in whites. There are many white lieberals who for generations risked their own lives and comfort to stand up for the rights of the oppressed, and also voted ANC at first. This if course is blatant racism from you, as well as many sectors in the present day ANC, and we will continue to struggle against it as we did against apartheid. Luthuli et al would be turning in their graves! I wonder how representative you really are of the broader ANC and their values?

  • James - 2011-03-04 13:13

    i say we find a real life monkey, give it a suit and campaign it for the post of president. i'm telling you noone will be able to tell the difference between our monkey and the ANC candidate

  • Avonlogg - 2011-03-04 18:29

    Tshifhiwa has hit the nail right on the head so where do we Whites, Coloureds and Indians go from here? Join the ANC and create more Mugabe's No way so we must find alternative solutions very soon!!

      raj.morar.1 - 2013-02-24 19:38

      There is no other alternative. Why can't we be like the Americans, vote for the best policies, not the colour of the candidate. Here, in South Africa, the majority vote along the colour lines. Blacks=ANC, Whites=DA, Indians=Mf. Then you complain when the ANC wins with 99% of votes coming from the Black community. I have said on the forum many times, the nasty comments directed towards the ANC, will shut the doors for good on you. This story is a good example, from a very good man. It should have received ONLY postitive comments. Oh well, i'm wasting my time, you lot will never learn. Just thank God you live in South Africa, Mugabe would have shot you a long time ago for your comments

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