By Tichaona Sibanda
11 June 2012
A recent North Gauteng High Court ruling urging South African authorities to
probe human rights abuses in Zimbabwe has irritated Robert Mugabe, who
described the decision as ‘a direct assault on the country’s sovereignty.’
The Gauteng ruling also called on the authorities to bring perpetrators of
human rights abuses before the International Criminal Court for prosecution.
But the president of the former ruling ZANU PF party said the ruling
constituted interference from’ residual Rhodesian and apartheid forces in
The ruling last month by Judge Hans Fabricius gave orders to the South
African government to investigate state-sponsored violence and crimes
against humanity committed by government officials in Zimbabwe in 2007.
Mugabe urged the African National Congress to deal decisively with the
matter in remarks made in Harare during the official opening a summit of
former SADC liberation movements. ‘Naturally, as we develop and enact
policies to deliver on these promises to our people such as our land reform
programmes and the ongoing indigenisation and empowerment programmes here in
Zimbabwe, we are targets for regime change.
‘In this context, it is important to remember that this Harare meeting takes
place after the recent ruling by one Boer Judge Hans Fabricius in the North
Gauteng High Court in South Africa calling on authorities in that country to
probe alleged atrocities in Zimbabwe, arrest and prosecute alleged offenders
under the International Criminal Court of which South Africa is a party and
Zimbabwe is not,’ Mugabe is quoted as saying.
Written by Wendy Muperi, Staff Writer
Monday, 11 June 2012 12:00
HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s unrestrained attack on South Africa’s
High Court judge Hans Fabricius for handing down a landmark ruling on
Zimbabwe’s rights abuses reflects his fear of international law, analysts
and legal experts said yesterday.
The unprecedented attack somehow exposes the octogenarian leader’s fear of
arrest under the International Criminal Court (ICC) statutes.
US diplomatic cables leaked by secrets-spilling website, WikiLeaks in which
former Information minister, Jonathan Moyo, told former United States
ambassador to Zimbabwe, Christopher Dell, the 88-year old Mugabe genuinely
fears hanging if he leaves office.
Describing judge Fabricius in derogatory terms as a “Boer”, Mugabe told a
convention of southern African liberation movements in Harare on Friday that
the ruling ordering an investigation in South Africa into alleged violence
and atrocities by loyalists of his party was like a second “apartheid”.
Mugabe urged South Africa’s ruling ANC to “apply every means at their
disposal” to stop the probe to avert the souring relations between the two
erstwhile liberation movements that took up arms to depose white rule.
The Zanu PF leader told representatives of the liberation groups of the ANC,
Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe that the ruling was
actuated by those “still in our midst yearning for the old flags” of
Rhodesia who were keen on replacing revolutionary movements with “malleable
By Alex Bell
06 June 2012
Concern has been raised this week over ongoing abuses documented during the deportation of foreigners in South Africa, with rights groups warning that the practice is doing more harm than good.
The Solidarity Peace Trust and the refugee rights group PASSOP on Tuesday released a new report, titled: “Perils and Pitfalls – Migrants and Deportation in South Africa.” The report details the discrepancies between the legal requirements around deportation of migrants and the anomalies in its practical application. An accompanying video has also been released, with testimonies from many Zimbabweans and other foreigners in South Africa about the treatment they face there.
The two groups said that it is clear from the findings of the report that South Africa is falling short of its “lofty legal standards in the manner that the various government agencies are dealing with this huge challenge.” The groups warned that “the overall picture of abuse, corruption, lack of capacity, and the neglect of the rule of law in this area is a cause of great concern.”
BY ALEX BELL, 5 JUNE 2012
An investigation into the alleged rendition, torture and murder of Zimbabwean 'suspects' in South Africa has been launched by that country's police watchdog.
By Alex Bell
05 June 2012
A South African Minister taking part in the meeting of the international
diamond trade watchdog, the Kimberley Process (KP), has reportedly called
for caution in redefining the term ‘blood diamond’.
The redefinition of this core issue of the KP has taken centre stage in the
first of the monitoring body’s meetings this year, which is currently
underway in Washington. The group has faced increasing pressure to reform
over accusations that it has allowed serious human rights abuses at Zimbabwe’s
diamond fields to be brushed under the carpet.
The KP was formed in 2003 to curb the trade in ‘blood diamonds’, which it
detailed as stones that funded civil war or the brutality of rebel groups,
like was seen in Sierra Leone.
But civil society and human rights groups have since said that this
definition is too ‘narrow’ and should be broadened to encompass any human
rights abuses associated with diamond mining, as has been seen in Zimbabwe.
The calls for redefinition and a reform of the KP scheme are already
reported to have caused friction among some of the group’s members. South
Africa’s Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has been quoted as urging
for ‘caution’ in the redefinition process. Shabangu said that if the matter
was not handled carefully, the KP could face divisions and it could have
dire implications for the “millions of people who rely on diamond revenue”.
Daniel Bekele, the Africa Director at Human Rights Watch, told SW Radio
Africa on Tuesday that certain KP members have repeatedly been resistant to
broadening the KP’s mandate to include human rights. He said this resistance
is “not proper and not consistent with the KP and the reasons why it was
“The purpose of the body is to ensure that conflict diamonds and other
stones tainted by human rights abuses don’t reach consumers. Unfortunately
what we have increasingly seen is exactly this,” Bekele said.
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