Supporters of ZANU-PF party celebrate with a coffin wrapped in a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) flag in Mbare township, outside Harare August 4, 2013. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Sunday congratulated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe on his re-election, in sharp contrast to Western governments which questioned the credibility of a rushed, disputed vote. African monitors broadly approved the conduct of the election but Mugabe's main rival, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, has said he will challenge the results in court with evidence of massive vote-rigging, irregularities and intimidation. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (ZIMBABWE - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Supporters of ZANU-PF party celebrate with a coffin wrapped in a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) flag in Mbare township, outside Harare August 4, 2013. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Sunday congratulated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe on his re-election, in sharp contrast to Western governments which questioned the credibility of a rushed, disputed vote. African monitors broadly approved the conduct of the election but Mugabe's main rival, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, has said he will challenge the results in court with evidence of massive vote-rigging, irregularities and intimidation. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (ZIMBABWE - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Cabinet congratulates Zim on polls

By SAPA Time of article published Aug 12, 2013

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Pretoria - Cabinet on Monday congratulated Zimbabwe on its "successful harmonised" elections last month.

 "Cabinet congratulated the people of Zimbabwe and political parties on holding successful harmonised parliamentary and local elections," acting government spokeswoman Phumla Williams told reporters in Pretoria.

The briefing followed last Wednesday's fortnightly Cabinet meeting.

Williams said Cabinet also commended President Jacob Zuma.

"Cabinet commended the efforts of President Jacob Zuma, as the Southern African Development Community facilitator on the Zimbabwe dialogue, in ensuring that all political parties were committed to peaceful elections," she said.

Asked how South Africa could make a pronouncement on the elections before the SADC had done so, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson pointed out that Cabinet stopped short of saying the July 31 poll was fair.

"Cabinet did not make any pronouncements on the state of the elections, so there has been no pronouncement on whether the election is free or fair," she said.

"We are congratulating them that the elections ran smoothly, without violence, without any incidents of severe violence."

President Robert Mugabe, who has been in power for 33 years, won 61 per cent of the vote as compared to his opponent Morgan Tsvangirai, who took 34 percent.

 

Sapa

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