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South Africa Labor Protests Planned Over Zimbabwe Vote

South Africa's main labor federation has again criticized Zimbabwe's government for organizing elections it says will not be free and fair.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions, COSATU, says it will hold a series of protests ahead of the March 31 poll, aimed to draw attention to alleged problems.

The group's general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, says the result of the parliamentary vote is already decided, because President Robert Mugabe has skewed conditions in favor of his party.

South African officials have warned they will not tolerate illegal protests by the union group.

Labor officials say they are currently seeking permits for marches and a planned blockade of traffic along the border with Zimbabwe.

Earlier this year, Zimbabwe officials refused entry to a COSATU delegation planning to study voting conditions in the country.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.