LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Elections in parts of the continent are a mockery of democracy

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Ugandan electoral commission officials count ballot papers. (Sumy Sadurni, AFP)
Ugandan electoral commission officials count ballot papers. (Sumy Sadurni, AFP)

Two News24 readers have written a response to Zimbabwe's MDC leader Nelson Chamisa's article entitled "Countering reactionary, authoritarian politics in Africa". You can read their letters below.


Why is South Africa keeping quiet?

I should say you [Nelson Chamisa] are the Nelson Mandela of Africa.

I agree with you entirely. Why is South Africa keeping quiet about all these repressive regimes when it knows first-hand the negative effects of discriminatory politics? They should expand their vision of fighting colonialism to all of Africa and not restrict it to South Africa. It seems after eliminating apartheid their vision stopped there. The elections in Uganda was a complete mockery of democracy.

Please don't publish my name as I am in Uganda and the regime is kidnapping and imprisoning people here.

- Anonymous

No point to elections on the continent

There's really no point holding elections in countries like Zimbabwe, Uganda, the DRC, etc. Complete waste of time.

The ruling dictator has the police and army in order to intimidate and crush the opposition, who will never win the election anyway.

Maybe it's time that these countries become one-party states like China.

Democracy doesn't work in Africa and Africa doesn't like democracy.

It needs another system. Parliaments, ministers, cabinets and the like were not part of Africa before colonisation, so why should they be now?

Africa needs something different, it's own system of governance.

- Warren Hirst, Randburg.

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