Tuesday, May 04, 2004

This will be worth watching. The MDC is to go to court in a bid to force Mbeki to hand over a report compiled by two South African judges -- Dikgang Moseneke and Sisi Khampepe -- in the run-up to the last Zimbabwean elections, detailing conditions in the country (presumably under the access to information provisions of the Bill of Rights). Of course, if the report says that conditions were adequate for a free and fair election, then it will be rather embarrassing for the MDC (especially since they seem to be talking up the report's independence and credibility). If, on the other hand, its critical, then questions will have to asked about Mbeki's commitment to democracy, given that the report was written for his benefit, and given that he's never publicly questioned the legitimacy of Mugabe's leadership. Either way, its likely to be messy...

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