ANGRY, dejected and fearful, Zimbabweans in Port Elizabeth went to ground this week in the wake of the crushing electoral defeat for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Zimbabwe last week.
For thousands of Zimbabweans in the Eastern Cape and the hundreds of thousands across South Africa who held high hopes of an MDC victory over Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party, the election results simply mean they cannot return home. They continue to fear for the economic and social future of their homeland and for their family members there.
Zanu-PF claimed a two- third’s majority in last week’s national election that was marred by widespread reports and allegations of irregularities and vote rigging. There were unconfirmed reports of attacks on MDC members in Zimbabwe by members of Zanu-PF who allegedly ordered the MDC members out of the country.
In sharp contrast to the sense of hope and buoyancy among Zimbabweans in the Nelson Mandela Bay area ahead of the election last week, scores of crestfallen Zimbabweans yesterday refused to speak out on the elections, while those who did refused to be identified for fear of either immediate or future reprisals.
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