SADC aborts Democracy

 (TheZim issue 15)

SADC aborts Democracy

We are appalled that Thabo Mbeki regards the dire situation in Zimbabwe as not a crisis we are equally appalled that the SADC leaders at their emergency meeting last weekend failed to come up with any useful plan of action on Zimbabwe's continuing election debacle.

Democracy has been aborted by those whom we trusted to deliver it.

Nearly three weeks after the elections, the ZEC has still not released the much-awaited presidential results – and there is no indication of when these might be released, if ever. Everyone is telling us to be patient, patient until when?

Zimbabweans are suffering intolerably. Elsewhere in this paper we have photographic evidence of the severe beatings going around the country at the hands of the army and Zanu (PF) thugs – as they prepare for a possible run-off. Mugabe’s strategy is clear – beat the people into submission. The behaviour of ZEC thus far does not inspire confidence.

We know that nearly 10 million ballot papers with duplicate serial numbers were printed. The offices of ZEC have been moved to a secret location. There are talks of a recount. But ZEC tells us they are unable to announce the results because they have not finished counting the first time around!?

Yet, before the elections they were at pains to tell us how professional they were and how well prepared they were to deal with the electoral process. They expected five million people to vote. They got two million. They would have us believe it has taken them almost three weeks to complete the counting. We shudder to think what would have happened if five million had voted.

The whole situation is so obviously shrouded in deception and fraud that the failure of the SADC leaders to make any definitive statement would be laughable if it weren’t so tragic. If these regional members of the SADC brotherhood are ever to be recognized as serious statesmen, they must first get in touch with reality and deliver a stronger and more realistic stance on the region’s greatest embarrassment – Robert Mugabe and his cronies – the ruling thievocracy in Zimbabwe.


When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Our mouths were filled with laughter then, and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them. The Lord had done great things for us; we were joyful. Restore our fortunes Lord like watercourses in the Negev (desert). Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy. Though one goes along weeping, carrying the bag of seed, he will surely come back with shouts of joy carrying his sheaves. – Psalm 126

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