South Africa insists on full GPA implementation

Pretoria, – Lindiwe Zulu, member of the SADC facilitation team in Zimbabwe’s Global Political Agreement hinted on slim chances of elections in Zimbabwe this year.

Speaking at a South African Liaison meeting held in Pretoria Wednesday Zulu said elections in Zimbabwe will be held upon agreement by parties in the inclusive government.

“As far as the facilitator (President Zuma) is concerned, the environment must be conducive for free and fair elections. President Zuma does not want a repeat of what happened in 2008 elections”, said Zulu.

Zulu also added that Zimbabwe’s governing parties must implement in full all provisions stipulated in the GPA as they all agreed to the contents.

Addressing the same meeting Zimbabwe’s Lawyers for Human Rights director Irene Petras and Professor Brian Raftopolous were in agreement that 2012 should be the year for implementing reforms and also writing of a new constitution.

Zulu expressed concern over failure to implement agreed positions and commenting on allegations of inter-party violence in Zimbabwe she said “ its one thing to say positions on public and effect such positions in party structures”. 

President Mugabe has in the past been accused of condemning violence allegedly committed by his party stalwarts while at the same time not acting when cases of violence are reported. 

Human rights defenders see Mugabe’s inaction on perpetrators of violence as an endorsement.

If the MDC formations, SADC and civil society succeed in making sure that 2012 is made the year for  implementing reforms President Mugabe and his party will struggle to justify why elections should be held this year.