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S.Africa’s Prosecuting Authority Says May Appeal Zimbabwe Torture Ruling

S.Africa’s Prosecuting Authority Says May Appeal Zimbabwe Torture Ruling

09 May 2012

Blessing Zulu | Washington

The South African prosecuting authority says it is considering appealing 
Tuesday’s High Court ruling compelling Pretoria to investigate and prosecute 
Zimbabweans, in particular senior Zanu PF officials, suspected of crimes 
against humanity.

Spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga of the South African National Prosecuting Authority 
told VOA Wednesday they have two weeks to appeal the ruling.

He said the authority is currently discussing with the police on how best to 

Judge Hans Fabricius ordered the NPA to prosecute Zimbabweans concerned if 
they ever set foot in South Africa.

The case was brought to the courts by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre 
along with the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum, which represents many Zimbabweans who 
say they fled to South Africa after being tortured by security agents for 
supporting the Movement for Democratic Change.

The High Court decision could prod South Africa into investigations into 
high-ranking Harare officials, a move many say would strain already 
difficult diplomatic relations with the power-sharing government in 

But speaking to state television Tuesday, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa 
said the decision is “a wish by the South African judge pushing an agenda of 
former Rhodesians” whom he said want to effect regime change in Zimbabwe.

He said the decision will not be entertained by Zimbabwe.

“The ruling brings the South African justice system into disrepute,” said 

“No specifics have been identified because they should have laid a blow to 
blow account of what crime has been committed.

“That the court made a ruling based on a generalized opinion is a sad moment 
for the justice system in South Africa.”

Legal expert Alex Magaisa says Chinamasa’s remarks are off the mark, adding 
the ruling is significant.


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