Sunday, June 29, 2008

ANC hypocrisy

The ANC has a go at Britain - and finds its moral voice regarding Zim. Gee, I wonder what made them suddenly see the light?

This is the same ‘democratic’ ANC that stood by and supported Mad Bob as he rigged election after election (remember their bogus observer roles?).

This is the same ‘democratic’ ANC that stood by while Mad Bob ruined his country by stealing productive farms that turned Zimbabwe from Africa’s breadbasket to a basket case.

This is the same ‘democratic’ ANC that stood by while Mad Bob killed and terrorised his people all the while supplying Mad Bob with weapons and free electricity.

This is the same ‘democratic’ ANC that thwarted any attempts to stop Mad Bob.

Having done all this, the ‘democratic’ ANC has turned coat on Mad Bob and has the gall to blame Britain for the shit in Zimbabwe?!! The ANC is without shame.

Read their statement below and try not to throw up.

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As Robert Mugabe forged ahead with a solo presidential election on Friday, the ANC laid part of the blame for the current crisis in Zimbabwe on Britain's handling of the land question during the Lancaster House talks.

But then, taking a serious swipe at the Zimbabwean government, the ANC said evidence of violence and intimidation, harassment of the MDC leadership and the banning of MDC rallies "have convinced us that free and fair elections are not possible in the political environment prevalent in Zimbabwe today".

The comments appeared in the ANC's weekly newsletter, published on the ANC Today website on Friday, as polling stations opened across Zimbabwe for the presidential election from which MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew earlier this week.

Voters in urban areas largely stayed away or spoiled their ballots but in the rural areas they turned out in larger numbers, partly in response to intimidation and violence.

On Friday Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu told British television that the Zimbabwean government's failure to protect its citizens meant the world had the right to override the country's sovereignty and to intervene. In an interview he said the international community should consider banning flights as a step to bring pressure on the Zimbabwean government.

"A government has the obligation to protect its citizens. If it will not protect them or it is unable to do so then the international community knows now that it has an instrument to intervene to ensure that a situation does not deteriorate further."

In the article on ANC Today, the ANC said it was "very mindful of the obligations Britain assumed in relation to Zimbabwe at the Lancaster House talks".

Chief among these was resolution of the land question. "

A large measure of responsibility for the current crisis is attributable to the ex-colonial power because it has reneged on that undertaking."

But then the article changed tack. Noting that the people of Zimbabwe had waged a liberation struggle for "national self-determination, to be attained through democratic elections" the ANC said it was now "deeply dismayed" by the actions of the ruling Zanu-PF government, which was "riding roughshod" over hard-won democratic rights.

"As democrats, the ANC cannot be indifferent to the flagrant violation of every principle of democratic governance." There could be no solution except through a "dialogue in earnest" among all the political players in that country.

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