Thursday, June 26, 2008

ANC cries crocodile tears

The ANC cries crocodile tears over the situation in Zim.

This is the same group that ‘observed’ Mad Bob steal election after election, that ignored the recent election sham and kept quiet for years while Zim

Now that the world is seeing the ANC for what it is, a despotic organisation of the same ilk as Zanu-PF, it is trying to do some fancy footwork to disassociate itself from Mad Bob suddenly.

Too late. The world has finally opened its eyes to the reality of the ANC. Where was all this criticism of Mad Bob even one week ago? Hypocrites!

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ANC 'dismayed' by Zimbabwe crisis

South Africa's governing ANC party has accused the Zimbabwean government of "riding roughshod" over democracy.

The party said it was "dismayed" by the authorities' actions, and that free and fair elections were not possible.

A BBC correspondent says this is the strongest statement so far by the ANC on Zimbabwe and a sign of mounting diplomatic pressure on its government.

Zimbabwe's opposition MDC has formally withdrawn from Friday's presidential run-off election. Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), announced he was pulling out of the race at the weekend, citing widespread violence as the reason.

On Tuesday the MDC said it had hand-delivered a letter to the country's electoral commission confirming it would not participate in the run-off.

The ANC said it was "deeply dismayed by the actions of the Zimbabwean government - which is riding roughshod over hard-won democratic rights". It said it could not remain "indifferent to the flagrant violation of every principle of democratic governance".

And the party referred to "compelling evidence of violence, intimidation and outright terror".

Morgan Tsvangirai, has been completely outmaneuvered... The outside world, which mostly sympathises with him, can do nothing whatever to help him.

The comments come a day after the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to condemn the violence in Zimbabwe and said a fair election would be "impossible".

The BBC's Peter Biles in Johannesburg says that coming from South Africa - the most powerful country in the region - the statement is a further sign of President Robert Mugabe's growing isolation.

South African President Thabo Mbeki has been adopting a policy of "soft diplomacy" towards Zimbabwe. In separate comments, ANC leader Jacob Zuma, who rivals Mr Mbeki as South Africa's most powerful man, said the situation in Zimbabwe was "out of control" and called for urgent intervention by the UN and regional Sadc grouping.

Zimbabwe's opposition is hoping neighbouring countries will put pressure on President Robert Mugabe to step down. In the past they supported him. How are relations now?

South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki is the key Zimbabwe mediator. He has refused to criticise Robert Mugabe but the ruling ANC and trade unions have urged him to take a stronger line.

Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has taken the region's strongest line on Zimbabwe. He says Zimbabwe is a regional "embarrassment".

Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is one of Robert Mugabe's closest allies - they fought colonialism together in the 1970s. He has urged Mr Mugabe to stop the violence.

Botswana has summoned a Zimbabwean envoy to complain about the political violence. It has been supportive of Zimbabwe's opposition.

Namibia is a close ally of Zimbabwe - it, too, is planning to redistribute white-owned farms to black villagers. It has not criticised the election violence.

Mozambique has hosted some white farmers forced from Zimbabwe and is seen as relatively sympathetic to Zimbabwe's opposition.

Tanzania's ruling party has a long history of close ties to Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party and its foreign minister has condemned the violence.

DR Congo's President Joseph Kabila is an ally of Robert Mugabe, who sent troops to help his father, Laurent Kabila, fight rebels.

Malawi is seen as neutral. But some 3m people of Malawian origin are in Zimbabwe, mostly farmworkers who have lost their jobs and were often assaulted during farm invasions.

Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, in a statement about his attempts to mediate in the Zimbabwe, said Mr Tsvangirai had been fleeing soldiers when he took refuge at the embassy in Harare.

BBC world affairs editor John Simpson, who is in Harare, says few people in Zimbabwe know Mr Tsvangirai has pulled out of the race as official media barely ever mention him.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's UN ambassador Boniface Chidyausiku told the BBC Mr Tsvangirai, who was briefly detained five times while campaigning, had never had his movements restricted by the authorities.

"He's a cry baby... He has been free to move wherever he wanted to move," he said.

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