South African president congratulates Robert Mugabe

The president of South Africa has congratulated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe on his re-election.

Jacob Zuma's approval is in sharp contrast to Western governments which questioned the credibility of a rushed, disputed vote.

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) and Zimbawe's President Robert Mugabe in 2010. Credit: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

African monitors broadly approved the conduct of the Zimbabwe election, but Mugabe's main rival, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai, has said he will challenge the results in court with evidence of massive vote-rigging, irregularities and intimidation.

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Concern over Mugabe vote win

Robert Mugabe has been declared the winner of Zimbabwe's election amid international concern over the conduct of the poll that secured his re-election.