The South African Mail and Guardian (M&G)'s ten year struggle to access the Khampepe Report into the 2002 Zimbabwean Elections has ended with it being released - it vindicates those who thought the election was not free and fair.
The two judges who were commissioned by President Thabo Mbeki to carry out the study - Dikgang Moseneke and Sisi Khampepe, concluded, for what its worth now, that the three-day voting process complied with the legislative requirements.
But there was also pre-election intimidation, killing of 107, mainly opposition members, lengthy legal battles to change laws in favour of the Zanu-PF - mainly around citizenship and the reduction of polling stations in urban areas where the MDC had its strongest support base.
Linear lesions all over the body caused by beatings with sjamboks and a chain. Pic by Solidarity Peace Trust who also documented that mutilating torture beyond any doubt was practised by government supporters against their political opponents in the post 2002 election period. Did President Mbeki deliberately hide the truth?