2008-05-02 18:37:00

Violence in Zimbabwe Leaves Many Seeking Refuge in South Africa

(02 May 08 - RV)

Zimbabwe's opposition is disputing results of a March 29 presidential election released to
them by electoral officials.

Official data released today shows opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai beating President Robert Mugabe, but with not enough of a lead to escape a second round contest with the veteran leader, who has led Zimbabwe since 1980.

The MDC insists Tsvangirai won outright.

Fr Chris Townsend is spokesman for the South African Bishops Conference.

He says that the number of men women and children pouring into South Africa has doubled in the wake of violence following the bitterly disputed election.


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