February 4 (Xinhuanet) -- The Southern African
(SADC) should immediately send observers to
Zimbabwe to ensure a free and
fair presidential election there,
South African Labor Minister Shepherd
Mdladlana said here Monday.
Warning against high political
intolerance in Zimbabwe,
Mdladlana said the 150-member regional team should
Mdladlana, who represents South
Africa on the six-member SADC
ministerial task force on Zimbabwe, said
"there is too much
intolerance in that country and too much polarization...
concerns me most is this intolerance."
was across the board, and there had been an
increase in political violence
since President Robert Mugabe
announced the presidential on March 9 and 10,
Mdladlana said in an
interview with the South African Press
The SADC observer team should move quickly, said
adding that he had already sent a message to SADC chairman,
President Bakili Maluzi of Malawi, to deploy the team.
(SADC) are moving very slowly and it's worrying us
because it looks like the
South African delegation will be ready
much earlier than the SADC one," he
Asked how a free and fair election was possible in such a
climate, Mdladlana referred to South Africa's own history of
violence in the run-up to the country's first democratic
"Just two or three weeks before our own election on
one thousand people died... but South Africans said `we shall
these elections and we shall see that it is free and fair and
everyone is now dubbing that a miracle," the minister added.