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.


Morgan Tsvangirai apalled by SA

20 November 2014, 07:00

Harare - Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is "deeply appalled" by a damning report on Zimbabwe's 2002 elections that has only just been released in South Africa.

In his first public response on Wednesday to the Khampepe Report - released only after a long court battle - Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change leader accused Pretoria of "wittingly or unwittingly aid[ing] the subversion of democratic processes in Zimbabwe".

The South African judges who observed the run-up to Zimbabwe's 2002 presidential elections declared in their report that the vote "could not be described as free and fair", but Pretoria went on to endorse long serving leader Robert Mugabe's victory.

Tsvangirai has never accepted his defeat in that poll, or in subsequent elections.

Also Read: Tsvangirai calls on parliament to expel renegade MPs

His MDC party says all elections from 2000 have been stolen by Mugabe and the ruling Zanu-PF.

A verdict on a court challenge to the 2002 poll result had still to be delivered, the opposition leader said.

In a statement to the press on Wednesday Tsvangirai said: "We are deeply appalled by [the report] and we unreservedly deplore what was done by the South African government to try to sweep this report under the carpet."

The Mail and Guardian newspaper waged a long battle to get the Khampepe report published after spirited resistance from the South African government.

Tsvangirai, who lost presidential elections last year to Mugabe yet again and whose popularity is now on the wane, said: "Zimbabwe's problems could have been solved in 2002 if this damning report had not been swept under the carpet."



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...