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NPA to appeal crimes against humanity ruling

The NPA is preparing its appeal a ruling ordering it to probe allegations of crimes against humanity.

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe at a campaign Rally in Harare, Zimbabwe. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News
National Prosecuting Authority,President Robert Mugabe,Mthunzi Mhaga,Judge Hans Fabricius,Cases of crimes against humanity
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JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is preparing its appeal against a High Court ruling in May, ordering it to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Zimbabwean officials.

Spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the prosecuting body is disappointed with the judgement and plans to make a request to the Supreme Court of Appeal soon.

Zimbabwean exiles who brought the case to the court claim to have documented abuses and tortures perpetrated by Mugabe's supporters in South Africa.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Friday told a meeting of southern African liberation movements in Harare that the ruling was made by Rhodesian and apartheid elements determined to recolonise the region.

The North Gauteng High Court ruling applies to Zimbabweans living in South Africa and could be extended to those with plans to visit the country.

South Africa is bound by its international legal responsibilities to investigate officials linked to acts of state-authorised torture, said Judge Hans Fabricius in his judgement.

Mugabe said he wants the ANC to act decisively against this judgement. 
 
He said the ANC, which is also attending the meeting, must ensure it does not affect cordial relations between Zimbabwe and South Africa. 

Mugabe said the summit must come up with a resolution opposing the judgement which compels the South African police and prosecutors to probe crimes against humanity that may have been committed by Zimbabwean officials. 
 
But ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told the private NewsDay that his party does not ignore the rule of law and will respect the ruling of the High Court. 

The 88-year-old president has ruled the country since its independence in 1980.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)


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