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South African Court Delays Action on Prosecution of Zimbabwean Rights Violators

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

The Zimbabwe Exiles Forum and the Southern Africa Litigation Center last year urged South Africa's National Prosecution Authority to arrest 60 Zimbabweans it accused of committing human rights abuses

Two organizations based in South Africa want to see that Zimbabweans accused of committing human rights violations are prosecuted by Pretoria.

The Zimbabwe Exiles Forum and the Southern Africa Litigation Center last year urged South Africa's National Prosecution Authority to arrest 60 individuals it accused of perpetrating such crimes. But the authority has not arrested or barred such individuals from entering South Africa, so the two organizations asked the courts to force the authority to take action against such persons.

The Gauteng High Court on Tuesday postponed the case to March of next year.

Zimbabwe Exiles Forum Executive Director Gabriel Shumba told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the alleged human rights violators include police and members of state security who arrested and tortured Movement for Democratic Change President Morgan Tsvangirai in March 2007.

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