Mugabe stole election — SA

JOHANNESBURG — The highly sought-after report on the controversial 2002 presidential elections which was compiled by two South African High Court judges at the request of ex-South African President Thabo Mbeki was released to the public last Friday following a lengthy legal battle.

The report, which found the Zimbabwe elections of 2002 not to be free or fair, was released following several court applications spanning over five years by South African-based Mail&Guardian newspaper.

The report was first published on the Mail&Guardian’s website at the weekend after the newspaper had applied to access it in terms of South Africa’s Promotion of Access to Information Act.

“These (Zimbabwe) elections (of 2002), in our view, cannot be considered to be free and fair,” said then High Court judges Dikgang Moseneke and Sisi Khampepe in the report.

Moseneke was appointed deputy chief justice of South Africa by Mbeki in 2005.

The elections were controversially won by Zanu PF’s President Robert Mugabe who went on to win the successive 2008 and 2013 elections under controversial circumstances with his rival MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai citing massive rigging and voter intimidation.

The MDC-T yesterday hailed the report, saying it confirmed its earlier concerns that Mugabe rigged the polls.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said: “We are happy as MDC that the report has vindicated us. We have always been saying Zanu PF did not win the 2002 and the successive elections held thereafter.

“Publication of the report today, 12 years later, is sad news to the MDC because it’s too late to reverse the clock of time, the economy has nose-dived to unprecedented levels and 85% of Zimbabweans are now surviving on less than a dollar per day. It would have been better had the report come earlier as that would have allowed the African Union and Sadc to order a re-election.”

Gutu added: “But, all the same it’s a clarion call on AU, Sadc and other regional and international bodies to take the opposition’s concerns seriously. Moseneke and Khampepe are respected jurists internationally and their judgment cannot be disputed.”

The South African judges said they reached the conclusion that Zimbabwe’s 2002 presidential election was not “free and fair” after “having regard to all the circumstances, and in particular the cumulative substantial departures from international standards of free and fair elections found in Zimbabwe during the pre-election period.”

The report found, among other things, that 107 people mainly MDC supporters had died in the midst of pre-election violence and intimidation in certain areas of the country.

The deaths were believed to be politically motivated killings of mostly opposition politicians, between March 2000 and March 2002.

This violence and intimidation had the effect of curtailing freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly and association of voters to varying degrees.

The judges noted that Zimbabwe’s electoral laws were also “drastically amended and manipulated by executive decrees”, the consequences of which were felt upon voter education and the voters’ roll.

On the polling days, there were a reduced number of voting stations in urban areas, particularly Harare and Chitungwiza, but the report acknowledged that in other constituencies, polling stations were easily accessible and their operations conducted satisfactory.

The secrecy of the ballot was also found to have been generally respected and impartial assistance given to voters where necessary.

“We observed no material counting irregularities,” Khampepe and Moseneke said in their report. “If any existed, they were not drawn to our attention or reported on.”

The two judges were sent to Zimbabwe by Mbeki as observers during the 2002 elections.

The Mail&Guardian reported that the report was made public on Friday afternoon after a ruling by the Constitutional Court, following the newspaper’s legal battle for access to the report.

At one time, the report was said to have gone missing, raising speculation that the South African authorities wanted to sweep it under the carpet because of its adverse contents.

The report draws on the work of Danish political science professors Jorgen Elklit and Palle Svensson, who set out criteria to evaluate the “free-ness” and fairness of an election.

These include international standards relating to the time prior to voting day, on the polling days, during ballot counting and after the election.

South African President Jacob Zuma was among the first regional leaders to endorse last year’s July 31 election which was again controversially “won” by Mugabe and Zanu PF, sparking an outcry from many Zimbabweans who condemned the poll as neither free, fair, nor credible. — Sapa/Staff Reporter

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51 Comments

  1. Please maZimbabwe ngatibengenukei. Lets put a stop to this police brutality. They must not be allowed to continue like this. They killed a man in Marondera for $10 again. And now they have killed another one in Warren Park and again for $10. Lets unite and stop this murderous ZRP. Pliz maZimbabwe

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  2. Now the great Mbeki must provide some answers…and history is silently recording…

  3. What about 2008????? and 2013????? They were also stolen!

    1. They are expert thieves – farms, elections, diamonds etc in fact an entire country has been looted and wrecked.

    2. Yes, as for 2008 it took 60 days to doctor the results.

  4. We give many thanks to the Mail and Guardian for their dogged persistence after the truth. Would it be possible to unearth the truth behind the 2008 and 2013 stolen election?? Please. The truth will come out. God will see to that!

  5. rine manyanga hariputirwe rinoburitsa nyangga chete

  6. Thabo Mbeki is the one who help perpetuate our suffering. Why was he refusing with the report? I hate that guy!

  7. AMugabe ndevekungotora even wat he doesnt deserve.

    His recent undeserved award of a degree to his wife shows the man is now insensitive to reason or structures.
    They just take illegally and wait to crush any reactions.
    If you try to oppose him you are termed treasonous or western funded.
    A Gross abuser of power.

  8. Kosimasi Makwiro

    This is hardly any news to Zimbabweans who already know that the 2018 elections will also be stolen.

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    2. All elections in Zimbabwe to date have been stoled by Robert McGabbage.

  9. The problem is that it’s the international community which brought Zanu to power in 1980, but the same international community is no longer allowed to observe elections in Zmbabwe. THE reason being that they will ensure free elections are held to the detriment of ZANU(PF).

  10. so it took u more thn ten yrs to knw tht nxa

  11. these are the things the pull us back as a nation. these people want to stir up trouble. i for oneI challenge the validity of this report for a number of reasons i wont go into right now. however its bias is very clear. for instance the report they speak of violence against the MDC, but it is common knowledge that reports of violence were made across the political divide. I am not shocked by the fact that the losing party in that election, the MDC-T will applaud such a report. however fresh in our minds is the fact that, and I repeat the fact that the MDC-T just recently (2013 election) failed to give evidence to the courts of this land of any wrong doing on the part of ZANU-PF in the harmonised election and yet they still maintain that the election was stolen. How? one can only wonder. The imperialist puppet masters continue to work tirelessly to cause chaos in this country. Manje wanyangira yaona this time havalume. Ichoo!!!

    1. I hope Tumbare you had been born, taidyiswa ma newspaper iwe, vanaMai Mujuru ava na Mutasa vakumhanyira kuno vange vasingaade mapepa aya nekuti aibva abudisa zvose. Hakuna kana one we zanupf akafa kana kukuvara. Saka it was not across the political divide asi maybe you were not yet born then.

    2. Whatever you are smoking is not good for your brain! These are not Western judges, South African judges. One of them is a Sotho guy, Moseneke. I was in Zimbabwe when these things happened. If you want to praise Zanu or Mugabe just praise, don’t say there was no violence. Or that MDC people were not intimidated by Zanu. It was a dark period

  12. Opposition parties must never participate in future elections proper reforms electoral laws,Zec,and a clean voters roll. Elecctronic voters roll must b available at least a month b4 elections. Ppl have suffered enough!

  13. What does that ruling going to change , unless just pleasing some bruised egos of the MDC ? Zimbabwe is not a part of South Africa the last time i checked .

  14. Matibiri big election stealer. I knew it!

  15. That Moscan thief must go to the Hague.

  16. In 2018 the election will be stoled by Drace the phd thief.

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  19. There is no evidence of a stolen election here except incidences of maladministration. ZPF lost virtually every urban vote in this election yet one of the reasons for describing this as a stolen election is that there were reduced polling station in urban centers. An election can only be stolen if pple have voted for you and their votes are given to a competitor.

    Opposition parties must also learn to fight not expect to get power on a silver plater. One of the rules of politics is intimidation. If leaders can be intimidated how do they expect to resist the machinations of larger political forces when they get into power.

  20. Makes for interesting reading given that the then SA government (of MBEKI) endorsed the election outcome with that report on their table.

  21. Then we worst energy wondering why Africa remains backward

  22. Its tooo too late..the opp must just hopr for the best come 2018..besides, i trust no politician at all…and no one can do anything to me abt it..zpf is hurting me, where are the jobs, the clinics, schools, the roads and our houses? Mdc is busy splitting and doing nothing abt anything. Zbc i shall not even speak, it very unfortunate but God will judge us all…

  23. All elections anongoba apana paakamboira fair

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  25. Mugabe has been stealing elections since 1980! The likes of Mbeki are pple we dont need in Africa. supportiung murderous dictators while Africa is burning! nxa!

  26. MBEKI, ZUMA & MUGABE are birds of the same plumage

  27. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. zvimwe igaroziva kuti mhuno ahide kuenda kugotsi zvingatoshura lets be patient zvichaita

  29. ANC and Zanu pf come from the same skunk family tree. Mbeki and Mugabe are blood brothers, they will cover up for each other no matter what or at least that’s what Mbeki thought until he got the sack and was Mugabe there to help him ,NOOOOOOO. Mbeki had the chance to establish himself as a good African leader, but to put it mildly just didn’t have the balls to stand up and do the right thing for Zimbabwe and Africa by calling a spade a spade. Once a skunk always a skunk and that’s all we Zimbabweans will remember him as.

  30. Will Mugabe continue complaining about illegal sanctions against his government now that it has been proven that his government itself is illegal?

    1. No but Grace has an accomplished mentor to win the next election.

  31. Zanu pf full of thieves

  32. Dr. Eight Weeks, PHD (UZ)

    Taka mbotaura

  33. In my opinion Dr Amai is trying to protect her ill gotten wealthy. She is not doing this for the love of the country, what Cde President doesn’t know is that his real enemy is in his house and he sleep with her every day. How can the member of the Tsholotsho declaration now be loyal to the president.

  34. Our constituton must criminalise attempted stealing of elections and impose deterent sentence for one convicted of the offence. Zimbabweans of all walks of life must unite against the SMITH evil of dictatorship surviving thru the fictitious support of fictitious SILENT MAJORITY. No one including those in the diaspora wants to be silent during national election. Everybody wants and needs his voice to be heard. Gonohori Matake, Zimbave.

  35. The opposition shd demand explanations from SA.
    @ Tumbare am sure u haven’t read e SADC and AU observer teams’ reports among others. Not even described e last elections as “free and fair”. All are saying “free and peaceful”

  36. Sizobona la okuzowela khona induku loxakuxaku. Ayihlome!!!!!!!!!

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