Can South Africa properly be called a ‘democracy’?

roodt_dan_wikiby Dan Roodt dan[at]

I find it interesting that professor Anthony Butler of UCT should point out potential tribal schisms within the ANC in Business Day. According to Stephen Ellis in his book External Mission: the ANC in exile … Read the rest

Zimbabwe’s factories grinding to a halt due to mandatory black ownership

The Bata shoe factory in Gweru, Zimbabwe
The Bata shoe factory in Gweru, Zimbabwe

by Chris Chinaka

Across Zimbabwe, dozens of factories lie idle with peeling paint, rusting machines and broken roofs in once bustling industrial districts, symbols of the huge economic challenge facing President Robert Mugabe … Read the rest

Who will succeed Mugabe?

Emmerson Mnangagwa
Emmerson Mnangagwa

When Zimbabwe’s veteran President Robert Mugabe suavely hosted journalists at State House on the eve of last month’s election, there was only one question that caught him off guard.

Asked if the presence of Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa … Read the rest

Oldest Zim voter was 135 years old

sadczimVarious allegations of rigging have been levied against Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF following their victory in last week’s elections one of the allegations being that the oldest person who voted in Zimbabwe’s 31 July poll is 135 years old and still serves … Read the rest

Zim refugees positive about Mugabe re-election

methodistA Methodist church in central Johannesburg has become home to more than 800 Zimbabweans who fled their country following the 2008 elections.

Reactions were mostly positive at the weekend when results showed a resounding victory for Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe … Read the rest

‘It feels like 1980 in Zimbabwe’

Psychology Maziwisa (right)
Psychology Maziwisa (right)

Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF party has dismissed allegations of vote rigging as “absolute hogwash”.

Speaking in an interview with SABC, a spokesperson for Zanu-PF Psychology Maziwisa predicted more than two thirds in parliament would go to Zanu-PF.

“It looks … Read the rest

Early results show Mugabe’s Zanu-PF in the lead

bobmThe Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has begun announcing official results of Wednesday’s national elections.

The results announced on Thursday confirm earlier reports that Zanu-PF leader Robert Mugabe is headed for a big win, while his Zanu-PF party is set to claim … Read the rest

Malema, EFF backs Zanu-PF

Malema backing Zanu-PF

Newly formed South African political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) yesterday called on Zimbabweans to vote overwhelmingly for Zanu-PF in the July 31 harmonised elections to protect the gains of the war of liberation.The EFF party

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ANC accuses Zanu-PF of destabilising Limpopo

Malema wearing Mugabe
Malema wearing Mugabe

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has accused Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF of using Julius Malema’s party to destabilise the ANC in Limpopo.

Mantashe also accused Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of distorting the Freedom Charter.

He was addressing political journalists … Read the rest

Opposition rejects Mugabe’s election timetable

Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s main opposition the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Thursday said President Robert Mugabe’s planned timetable for a constitutional referendum and elections was not realistic.

In a High Court filing seen on Thursday, Mugabe proposed a referendum … Read the rest