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Tsvangirai 'deeply appalled' by SA response to Khampepe Report

He has deplored the actions of the SA government in trying to sweep the report under the carpet.

FILE: MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Picture: AFP.

ZIMBABWE - An angry Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai says Zimbabwe's problems could have been solved if the very critical findings of the Khampepe Report had been released when they were initially made in 2002.

He has deplored the actions of the South African government in trying to sweep the report under the carpet.

Then President Thabo Mbeki appointed two judges to investigate whether the elections were free and fair.

The final report was not released to the public, despite the judges finding numerous problems and discovered opposition politicians had been murdered.

In his first public reaction to the release of the Khampepe Report, Tsvangirai said he is "deeply appalled".

He accused the South African government of aiding the subversion of democratic processes in Zimbabwe.

Tsvangirai said the MDC had always hoped that South Africa would speak out against long-time leader Robert Mugabe but it hasn't, adding that Pretoria fought long and hard to keep this report under wraps.

The report was finally made public last week after a marathon legal battle by the _Mail and Guardian _newspaper.

The report revealed that the 2002 Zimbabwe elections were not free and fair and that more than 100 people, mostly opposition politicians, were killed.