Zim vote should reflect people's will

2013-07-24 22:38

Pretoria - With a big vested interest in the stability of Zimbabwe, South Africa is keen that next week's election in its northern neighbour should fairly reflect the people's wishes, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Wednesday.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees fled into South Africa after violence in the last election, in 2008, landing it with an expensive humanitarian crisis.

But since it helped to broker a unity government, the economy has been recovering, creating opportunities for SA business.

However, preparations for the 31 July elections have been far from smooth, with President Robert Mugabe's rivals in the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) alleging that his Zanu-PF party is making it hard for their voters to register. Washington has said it is not convinced the vote will be free and fair.

In an interview with Reuters, Motlanthe said Pretoria had no preference as to the result.

"Whatever the outcome of the elections, it should be a free expression of the will of Zimbabwe. That is how we view it."

But he also said political stability was a precondition for economic development. "We have a vested interest as a country in ensuring that there is peace and stability in Zimbabwe. We can only benefit from that."

Economic gain  

South Africa's major banks, retailers and mining firms have operations in Zimbabwe and positioning themselves to expand if the economy, estimated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be worth $9.8bn in 2012, continues to grow.

Zimbabwe spends the equivalent of 20% of its GDP on imports from South Africa.

Yet two days of advance voting this month for 63 000 police officers and soldiers suggested that fears of election chaos will be borne out, raising the prospect of a disputed result.

Motlanthe said that, so far, there were no indications that the widespread violence and intimidation surrounding the 2008 election would be repeated, but added: "If anything causes an implosion in Zimbabwe, we would with immediate effect have to deal with the consequences".

Motlanthe said President Jacob Zuma spoke regularly with Mugabe, who has made disparaging public comments about Pretoria's interventions, even calling one of Zuma's top envoys "stupid and idiotic".

  • Craig Lowe - 2013-07-24 23:00

    Hi I have an idea on how all elections should be run, I know it might sound crazy but don't shut me down until the end then kick me to touch if you think I am crazy but here is one way to make voters responsible for there votes and who they vote for ! 1. There can not be a secret vote 2. All South Africans with an ID must vote in terms of law. 3. All taxes must be paid by the voters who voted in the applicable party The result of the above will place pressure on the victorious voters to ensure there cash is well spent. Just An Idea

      WildCatSal - 2013-07-25 00:41

      Well then.. Only ±15% will be eligible to vote. But its a thought.

      Sanet Oelofse - 2013-07-25 06:24

      My suggestion is everyone should write a test regarding the basic understanding of government, I you fail it means you don't understand what you are voting for, so you cannot vote. Simple as that.

      Marlene Black - 2013-07-25 06:57

      How do you tax millions of poor people who live in the bush, don't earn enough money to qualify as tax payers? People who should actually receive support from the state - not be starved to death and deprived of their human rights by the state.

      Jonathan Woods - 2013-07-25 07:52

      Sanet, quite agree. There should be a qualified vote based on educational standard, and it should be compulsory for all who qualify to have to vote. But this will be seen as racist and unconstitutional and the majority will want BEE / AA intervention.

      William Wallace - 2013-07-25 08:06

      Good suggestion @Sanet! They could also perhaps write a paragraph serving as motivation as to why they're voting for the particular party and the votes of all voters whose answers include something along the lines of "I'm voting for this party becasue they're black dominated and whites suck", should be discarded. They could even include a multiple choice section regarding economics, if they don't score above a particular prerequisite, their votes should be discarded as well.

  • Raymond Kok - 2013-07-24 23:16

    not if satan has anything to do with it

  • Faniswa Pala Mrwetyana - 2013-07-24 23:55

    Zim ppl i knw u will vote Zanu PF ,nd y vele

  • Gandanga Tororo - 2013-07-25 04:31

    Just checked my name on the voters roll - IT IS STILL THERE. Left Zim in 1996. If you are from Zim and at one time registered to vote check your name here: Depressing, to give my vote to b0b! The roll is skewed and no matter how one tries chances are very slim.

  • Donald Ronald - 2013-07-25 05:18

    Faniswa rather you keep quiet than make such silly comments. You don't know what really goes on in Zimbabwe. Nobody likes or votes for Robert Mugabe voluntarily they are forced to do so.

      Wekunetsa Münétsié - 2013-07-25 09:19

      Donald you better keep quite because of your biased thought I vote for President R G Mugabe willingly not forcefully. I encourage you as a matter of fact I challenge you to have facts based on true and relevant information concerning issues in Zim, remember the media is concerned about the bad image of certain groups,people and nations. I have one question for you is it true that Jacob Zuma is a rapist as we read in the press?:-D

      jerhone - 2013-07-25 10:04

      Wekunetsa you can't be serious, you must be a zombie who just woke up from a very long sleep in your grave or you were living on the moon for 20 years that you don't know whats going on around you

  • Reza Ryklief - 2013-07-25 05:29

    "Voting should express people's will" No f*#$¥* Sh$* Sherlock! I'm so sick of government stating the bloody obvious.

  • abel.masango - 2013-07-25 06:13

    Thank you donald

  • Simphiwe Charlie - 2013-07-25 06:57

    The Zim vote always has and will again reflect the peoples will. They want Mugabe, and you should respect that.

      Quincy White - 2013-07-25 07:55

      Charlie pipo in zim are fade up with bob . They voted him out in 2002,2005 @ 2008 but he ringed the elections .

      Frodo Lopez - 2013-07-25 10:12

      @Quincy White: Stop lying to people. Mugabe has never lost any elections. In 2008 elections, none of the leaders reached the required 51% majority to form a government and was supposed to go for a run-off to which Tsvangirai pulled off. Yes you are right Simphiwe Charlie, Mugabe will be voted back into government mainly because of his economic policies that are aligned to benefit the people of Zimbabwe. The past 4 years has exposed the REAL MDC. Zimbabwe like America and Britain should be allowed to control its resources. Its sad to note that in areas where mining is thriving, the surrounding communities are still in poverty with poor health facilities, no schools and no good road infrastructure yet companies are recording millions in profits. This has to change and Mugabe is facilitating that process.

      Simphiwe Charlie - 2013-07-25 13:25

      Spot on Frodo. And Isaac, I follow international news very closely but see through the lies. You obviously suck it all in and question nothing.

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-07-25 06:59

    There can be no free and fair elections if camera-phones are permitted in the voting cubicle .. (Body-search with metal detectors and leave in tray outside the booth while voting) .. Wake up intimidation is rife !

  • Vivian Harris - 2013-07-25 07:00

    Not while Mugabe is still alive..

  • Blackhole_Sun - 2013-07-25 07:07

    If Mothlanthe think this will be a free and fair election he lives in la la land. Every election in zim since old senile bob has taken control have been plagued with intimidation and bribary. The only vested interest the anc government has is to ensure bob stays in power, since they owe him a good couple of favors.

  • Shelly Tyrone Jordan - 2013-07-25 07:08

    who ever wrote this artical must be a freind of Rob and Zum

  • MJS1234 - 2013-07-25 07:17

    Ummm, surely that is the point of voting... To reflect the will of the people!

  • Dumeza Nkala - 2013-07-25 07:22

    RSA and SADC, don't you want your neighbour Zim, to experience democracy in terms of a change in leadership, a change similar to the one you have gone through in your own countries?! There have been 5 presidential changes in Zambia, 3 in South Africa, as an example! Do you advocate for a life president, which thing your own countries don't allow?

  • Ralekgole Oriel Snr - 2013-07-25 07:46

    i jst dnt c free n fair election while robert still alive,he mst b killed 1st.

  • Awsomekid - 2013-07-25 08:21

    Scared,uninformed voters what a shame!

  • Jobe Mkhatywa - 2013-07-25 08:23

    Long live President Robert Mugabe long live!!!

  • Mira Sturmair - 2013-07-25 08:25

    as long as mugabe is there, nothing will be ok.....

  • Johann Kruger - 2013-07-25 08:27

    Typical idiot.

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2013-07-25 08:41

    Not as long Bob is alive nothing will be fair

  • Banele Jay Jay - 2013-07-25 10:17

    Mugabe is very right, he's a Zimbabwean & surely knows what's best for his fellow Zimbabweans. Zuma, Washington DC and company should hould their horses, they seem to wanna influence the outcome of the elections. They should let the citizens decide who to lead the country. Zuma must not act innocent here. He's been sabbotaging everyone who doesn't share the same views with him, mostly in the ANC & in government. Most of the people on the ground doesn't want him to lead but he's up there dictating just because he maneuvered his way up there. Mugabe is sharing the country's wealth with it's citizens and unlike Zuma who enriches himself & his overseas friends (the likes of the Guptas & China). Even if he can be influential to rip President Mugabe off his power, he's also loosing his in here & he can see that too. Why is he now proposing to use Mandela as face of the elections if he does not see that the country lost confidence in him (though it never had)? Why are all the African leaders who doesn't wanna take orders from the Americans and the Western are wiped off? The likes of Sankara, Gaddafi, Mbeki, young Julius & now they wanna deal with President Mugabe. Zuma is (according to me ) nothing more than a heartless dictator, criminal who sells the souls of South Africans for his own benefit. He's a prisoner in waiting & EFF is a government in waiting.

  • CALAMITYSA - 2013-07-25 12:18

    The WILL of Mugabe - He lost the previous 2 elections! But then - Africa??

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-07-25 12:47

    If the vote was for the people and what they actually wanted, then ok, but we know that people vote because they are intimidated and vote as they are told for fear of their lives and those of their families. I believe the next election in SA will also be a suspect result. The ANC cant even stand to be voted out in a municipality, so you can imagine when it gets to an election.

  • June Francis - 2013-07-25 13:24

    Which peoples will ?- the half starving Zimbos leaving in poverty in SA.

  • Terry Elkington - 2013-07-25 13:25

    The ANC Govt is delusioned - as usual.

  • Japie JJ du Toit - 2013-07-25 13:47

    Must be all the dead veterans and unhappy un employed - homeless, foodless, farm less dead less, and lazy Zim people whom do not want to have a change in the country. They must be extremely happy, bubbly that they suffer day in and out. Why have a change, if they not going to benefit from. The same reason that the people of SA will do the same. Not interested in having a fair say as to whom should look after their interested, after all it is their right whom they choose to in power regardless the fraud and corruption. Don’t cry for me Argentina

  • Ren - 2013-07-25 16:18


  • Ren - 2013-07-25 16:18

    Bless me

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