Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Respect Zimbabwe's rights, Mbeki says

06 August 2013, 11:03

Cape Town - Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has called on African nations to respect the rights of Zimbabweans to choose their own leader and to allow Zimbabwe to come up with its own solutions to its problems, enca reported on Tuesday.

Mbeki's sentiments come a few days after President Robert Mugabe won overwhelmingly in a disputed election which has been dismissed as a 'sham' by his long-time arch rival Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement Democratic Change.

Speaking in Pretoria on Monday, Mbeki said the just ended elections were a reflection of the voices of the ordinary Zimbabweans.

"The people of Zimbabwe have a right to self determination. They have a right to decide what to do with their country and their future," said Mbeki.

Mbeki helped broker the power sharing agreement between the MDC and Zanu-PF following another disputed election in 2008 which left at least 200 people.

"There has been a worrying thing about the Zimbabwe elections, which is that there has been a very sustained campaign before the elections to discredit them before they happen. You could see it quite clearly," said Mbeki.

Mbeki agreed with the regional monitors’ assessment of the polls, saying however that there was need to "look at a number of things to determine the fairness" in the manner in which the elections were conducted.

- News24


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...