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'The conferment of diplomatic

Publish date: 06 August 2018
Issue Number: 785
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: general

‘The first victim of an election is always the truth. I don’t think the result is at all surprising considering the stranglehold Zanu-PF has had on the country during its administration and rule of communities in particular. The fact that the MDC presidential candidate received more than 44% of the vote is remarkably good.’

– Former head of South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission, retired Justice Johann Kriegler, on the Zimbabwe elections result


‘His next visit to DRC is scheduled for September to take part in work in the Senate and further electoral activities.'

– Jean-Pierre Bemba’s spokesperson Jacques Djoli after the former DRC rebel leader headed back to Europe after launching his bid for December's long-delayed elections


'The conferment of diplomatic immunity on (Mugabe) is null and void as the court has decided. We leave it to the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) to see the way forward.'

– International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu confirming that Pretoria has accepted a court ruling that the diplomatic immunity granted to former Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe was invalid