Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Zimbabweans can't vote freely if they're afraid their vote might get them killed.
It is beyond any reasonable doubt that the Zimbabwean government's campaign of violence and intimidation against the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has extinguished any chance of a free and fair presidential run-off on June 27.
The South African government has failed Zimbabweans. President Thabo Mbeki, who is known for his denialism, has at various times pronounced that there is no crisis in Zimbabwe.
This goes against that findings of Human Rights Watch, which has documented that the violence in Zimbabwe has become worse since the presidential run-off was announced.
Since March 29 more than 3000 people are alleged to have fled and are now internally displaced in cities and towns with inadequate access to food and water.
A number of people have fled across the borders to Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa, where they have been brutalised by fellow Africans.
The Alliance of Free Democrats argues that the presidential run-off election won't be free and fair. The idea of the MDC ruling Zimbabwe is far-fetched since state-sponsored violence shows that President Robert Mugabe will have to die before such a change is possible in Zimbabwe.
Matome wa Malatji,
Alliance of Free Democrats