Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


South Africa’s President Ramaphosa Defends ZANU PF Being Asked To Observe Elections

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has dismissed the concerns of opposition parties who criticised his party, the African National Congress’ (ANC) decision to invite ZANU PF to observe the 29 May elections.

South African opposition parties queried why Zimbabwe’s ruling party would be involved with the country’s elections given its history of rigging elections.

Speaking on the campaign trail in Atteridgeville, Ramaphosa said ZANU PF will not interfere with the country’s electoral process but will merely observe from the sidelines. He said (via Citizen):

An observer mission is not an interfering mission, it’s to come and see. They don’t interfere, they don’t get involved, they just come and observe.

Added Ramaphosa:

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

We are transparent, there’s nothing hidden and we are also going to have many other global organisations [such as] the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union will also be here.

So, those who are concerned about the participation of other parties are afraid and I don’t know what they are afraid of.

There is nothing to be concerned about and to be afraid of because they are just coming to observe and also draw lessons.

Also read: Mnangagwa Appoints Commission Of Inquiry For Harare City Council

South Africa’s opposition parties pointed out ZANU PF’s record of conducting elections marred by allegations of vote rigging and other electoral malpractices.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Solly Malatsi said this was a “desperate” move by the ANC to cling to power by any means necessary and ZANU PF’s presence would compromise the Electoral Code of Conduct.

Build One South Africa (BOSA) president Mmusi Maimane said “it is now widely accepted that ZANU PF rigs elections in Zimbabwe” and that its involvement in the country’s electoral promises will render the elections not free and fair.

Vuyo Zungula, the leader of the African Transformation Movement (ATM), has since written to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), over the issue, saying allowing ZANU PF to observe South Africa’s elections risks tarnishing the legitimacy and credibility of the country’s electoral processes.

For comments, Feedback and Opinions do get in touch with our editor on WhatsApp: +27 82 836 5828

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Catch More Updates Below


A former official of the Department of Home Affairs, Mr. Mdunwazi Amos Ngwenyama (47), was convicted and sentenced to 14 years of direct imprisonment...


‘Alarming rise’ in child food poisoning in South Africa As 41 children Hospitalised More than 41 toddlers were taken to hospital in South Africa...


Nine Suspects Shot Dead in Durban After Alleged Gang Raped a Girl, Forced Mother to Watch Police said the nine suspected criminals who were...


Three Zimbabwean Nationals Arrested in South Africa with Suspected Stolen Diesel Police in Ogies, Mpumalanga, apprehended three Zimbabwean nationals and seized a total of...


South Africa Deports 280 Zimbabwean Nationals South Africa has taken decisive action by deporting 280 Zimbabwean nationals who were detained at the Lindela Repatriation...


Young Men Fleeing Zimbabwe to South Africa After Impregnating Underage Girls A recent report from the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) has shed...


A 34-year-old Zimbabwean man received a severe sentence from the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday, being handed three life sentences and an additional 226...


Pair Smuggles 24 Ethiopian Migrants into South Africa via Zimbabwe Limpopo police apprehended two individuals who were escorting 24 Ethiopian border jumpers that they...

error: Content is protected !!