Ronnie Mamoepa


Zimbabwe opposition rejects presidential run-off

Nelson Banya

Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) will not participate in a presidential run-off against Robert Mugabe, a top party official said on Thursday, after reports of escalating violence deepened a post-election crisis. The MDC believes its leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the outright majority in the March 29 election.

Zim election battle turns to recount

Nelson Banya

Zimbabwean election officials are expected on Saturday to begin a partial recount of votes from the March 29 elections despite opposition protests and widespread fears the political stalemate could erupt in violence.The recount in 23 of 210 constituencies could overturn the results of the parliamentary election.

Zim elections 'not an even playing field'

Matthew Burbidge, Sapa-AFP

A war of words has erupted ahead of election day in Zimbabwe this Saturday, with the opposition saying the government has already rigged the vote. These elections were "never meant to be an even playing field", said Nkosana Moyo, coordinator of presidential hopeful Simba Makoni's campaign, in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

SA journalist under house arrest in Israel

Staff Reporter

South African journalist Mark Klusener was ordered to pay 25 000 shekels (about R53 700) and placed under house arrest by a court in Jerusalem on Tuesday, said his wife, Peroshni Govender. Klusener and other staff members were arrested for operating a pirate radio station.

SA journalist arrested by Israeli police

Staff Reporter

South African journalist Mark Klusener has been arrested in Jerusalem by Israeli police, the Foreign Affairs Department said on Monday. "A South African journalist, Mark Klusener, was arrested along with seven other media workers, according to the South African embassy in Tel Aviv," said department spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa.

Tsvangirai in SA for private meetings

Mail & Guardian Online reporter and Sapa, Sapa-AFP

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai visited South Africa on Monday for private meetings in his first foreign trip since the March 29 presidential election, a party official said. Meanwhile, about 200 Zimbabwean exiles gathered at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday to hand over a petition to President Thabo Mbeki.

SA technician being held in Zim admitted to hospital

Staff Reporter

South African satellite technician Sipho Maseko, who is being held in a Zimbabwean prison, has been admitted to St Anne's Hospital in Harare after his blood-sugar levels reached danger levels, his employer, Globecast, said on Sunday. Globecast spokesperson Melanie Gibb said Maseko, a diabetic, was looked at by a doctor from the South African embassy.

SA pilot to appear in Zimbabwe court

Staff Reporter

South African helicopter pilot Brent Smyth, who was arrested in Zimbabwe last week, will appear again in court on Thursday, said his employer ATS aviation services. Smyth arrived at the court in Harare on Tuesday but was sent away after the magistrate said he needed two days to prepare his findings.

MDC: Zim cops charge Jo'burg-based pilot with fraud

Jenni O'Grady

Zimbabwe police have pressed fraud charges related to a hotel booking against a Johannesburg-based pilot arrested while flying Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai to election rallies, the party said on Wednesday. Zimbabwe's police were not able to confirm the arrest.

SA rejects Mann's coup-plot allegations

Staff Reporter

South Africa on Wednesday rejected "with contempt" claims by jailed British mercenary Simon Mann that it backed his plot to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea. "South Africa is thrown in just out of the blue ... he says he had a nod from us. I would like to know in what sense he had a nod," Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Aziz Pahad said.

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