SADC leaders urge rapid Zim poll results

LUSAKA: Southern African leaders have called for the rapid release of results from Zimbabwe's election after a two-week delay that has raised fears of violence.

Zambian Foreign Minister Kabinga Pande told reporters that the 13-hour summit in Lusaka had also called on President Robert Mugabe to ensure that a possible run-off vote against opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is held "in a secure environment".

The 14-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) "urged the electoral authorities in Zimbabwe that verification and release of results are expeditiously done in accordance with the due process of law," said Pande. The summit ran almost 10 hours over schedule and ended at about 5am local time. A senior Zambian official said earlier the delay was caused by disagreement among leaders over whether the post-election impasse in Zimbabwe should be called a crisis.

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Bravo, Matlala JSS for recognising employees!

Last Friday, Matlala Junior Secondary School (JSS) in Tlokweng did just that – they organised an event to honour their teachers and support staff. This gesture is truly commendable, as teachers occupy a pivotal role in the lives of our children.To be completely candid, teachers are the ones who shape our children from a very tender age, investing a significant amount of time in their growth and development. It's not uncommon to hear parents...

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