Morgan Tsvangirai hospitalised in SA for emergency surgery

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Zimbabwean presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai in Harare on August 1, 2013 described the election as a "huge farce" and "null and void" just hours after Robert Mugabe's allies claimed victory.

Zimbabwean presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai in Harare on August 1, 2013 described the election as a "huge farce" and "null and void" just hours after Robert Mugabe's allies claimed victory.

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Zimbabwean presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai in Harare on August 1, 2013 described the election as a "huge farce" and "null and void" just hours after Robert Mugabe's allies claimed victory.

Zimbabwean presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai in Harare on August 1, 2013 described the election as a "huge farce" and "null and void" just hours after Robert Mugabe's allies claimed victory.

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai is receiving treatment at a hospital in South Africa.

Details are still sketchy, but media reports in Zimbabwe say the MDC leader is on life-support in Johannesburg.

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He was apparently airlifted on a private jet to undergo emergency surgery after his health deteriorated. 

Reports say he fell ill during an MDC Alliance meeting in Kadoma on Thursday.

Last year, Tsvangirai revealed he was receiving chemotherapy for colon cancer.

Opposition leaders expressed concern over Tsvangirai's health.

Pindai Dube said, “It will affect the political parties negotiations, as you know Morgan Tsvangirai has been leading the MDC for about 17 years and he was chosen by these political parties to lead the alliance.

"So it’s a drawback to the MDC alliance because they had chosen him to be their candidate in 2018 and this is happening a day after a Zimbabwe voter registration had been launched.”