Zim election: DA condemns Zuma's congrats

The DA has criticised President Jacob Zuma’s reaction to the Zimbabwe election results.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) at the weekend criticised President Jacob Zuma for his message of congratulations to President Robert Mugabe after his party won the Zimbabwe elections.

The DA said Mugabe has failed the people of Zimbabwe.

The 89-year-old ZANU-PF leader won a seventh term as the country's leader after beating opposition Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

The DA's Ian Davidson said Zuma's approval is premature, given reports of serious irregularities in the election.

"We know now that the voters roll was in absolute chaos. I think that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in South Africa would have blanched and not have allowed such a scenario to go unchallenged. We need to interrogate the result more carefully. I don't think it holds up to what we believe free and fair elections should be."

Some western countries have also given Zimbabwe's Wednesday election a thumbs-down.

Countries like the EU, the UK and Australia joined several others around the world in rejecting the outcome of the poll.

Australia is calling for the election to be re-run while US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on the SADC and the African Union (AU) to address the concerns over Zimbabwe's disputed election saying the election was not credible and 'deeply flawed'.


The MDC is still claiming that the polls were rigged.

Tsvangirai has said he wants a forensic audit of the election.

His party has raised concerns about the high number of voters prevented from registering to vote and then from actually voting on Election Day.

The MDC is also concerned about the reportedly large number of voters being 'helped' to vote in the rural areas despite Zimbabwe's record literacy rates.

Tsvangirai told diplomats and the media that he would not be part of another unity government as happened after the last disputed polls in 2008.

As she announced presidential results on Saturday Zimbabwe's Electoral Commission Chief had said she'd wanted a perfect poll.

But Tsvangirai doesn't believe this is what he got.