Human rights campaigner criticises Zim judicial system

Academic and human rights campaigner Elinor Sisulu says Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change has been...

Elinor Sisulu from the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

Academic and human rights campaigner Elinor Sisulu says <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region>’s Movement for Democratic Change has been reduced to less than a junior partner in terms of a unity deal with President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF.

At a seminar at the Institute for Security Studies in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Pretoria on Thursday, Sisulu also criticised mediation efforts in the humanitarian and economic crisis there.

Sisulu had strong words for Zimbabwe’s judicial system.

“Without addressing the issue of the judiciary it would actually be impossible to resolve political conflict in <place w:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region>. It would be impossible to have a free and fair election.”