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African leaders on Mugabe: Quotes

SWAZILAND SADC SUMMIT
SADC called for the run-off to be postponed

Southern African leaders have called on the Zimbabwean government to postpone Friday's presidential run-off election and negotiate with the opposition, saying the result would lack legitimacy.

On Wednesday, former South African president Nelson Mandela said Zimbabwe was suffering from a "tragic failure of leadership."

Opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of the contest last week, leaving President Robert Mugabe as the sole candidate.

SADC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY TOMAZ AUGUSTO SALOMAO

The political situation [in Zimbabwe] appears not to allow for holding the run-off elections in a manner that will be free and fair... holding the elections under the current environment undermines the credibility and legitimacy of the outcome... [authorities should] consider postponing the vote until a later day. The parties and the people of Zimbabwe deserve a cooling-off period.

EX-SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA

We watch with sadness the continuing tragedy in Darfur. Nearer to home, we have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow Africans in our own country and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighbouring Zimbabwe.

SWAZI PRIME MINISTER ABSALOM TEMBA DLAMINI

[South African] President [Thabo] Mbeki has been doing a tremendous job... but the situation is getting out of control.

SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT STATEMENT
Zimbabweans and South Africans demonstrate against election related violence in Zimbabwe in Johannesburg
Protesters in South Africa call for an end to violence

The South African government is extremely concerned about the violence taking place in Zimbabwe and affirms its position in support of the UN Security [Council] resolution which condemns violence... We remain optimistic that a political solution is the only route that will deliver a lasting solution. Government urges both parties to continue to engage in talks to find a political solution that will be in the best interest of all Zimbabweans.

DEPUTY SOUTH AFRICAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER AZIZ PAHAD

In our experience it is easy to talk about military action but putting it into effect is much more difficult... We do not believe there is any need for it in Zimbabwe. It is not realistic - not possible.

RULING AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS (ANC) PARTY

The ugly incidents and scenes that have been visited on the people of Zimbabwe persuade us that a run-off presidential election offers no solution to Zimbabwe's crisis¿The very legitimacy of the run-off has already been severely compromised by the actions of both ZANU-PF militants and those of state officials who do not even conceal their partiality in favour of the governing party.

BOTSWANA'S DEFENCE, JUSTICE AND SECURITY MINISTER DIKGAKGAMATSO RAMADELUKA SERETSE

As a country we don't condone any brutality. We are seriously concerned. After the first elections we were concerned.

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