Torture probe: ANC 'snubs' Mugabe

2012-06-09 22:18
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

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Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s call for the African National Congress to ignore a recent ruling by the Pretoria High Court that South Africa must probe Zimbabwean officials over allegations of torture has been dismissed by the ANC.

A Zimbabwean newspaper, NewsDay, reported on Saturday that ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said his party will respect the rule of law.

“The ANC does not ignore the rule of law, so we respect the ruling made in the High Court,” he said.

Mugabe, speaking at a convention of southern African liberation movements in Harare, called the probe ordered by the Pretoria High Court a "racist assault" by embittered Zimbabwean and South African whites.

In May, Judge Hans Fabricius ordered SA prosecutors to investigate alleged human rights abuses and torture in Zimbabwe in a case filed by a human rights group and Zimbabwean exiles.

Mugabe urged South African leaders to "apply every means at their disposal" to prevent the case souring relations between the two countries that fought a common struggle to end white rule.

He said whites in southern Africa, including white Judge Fabricius, were trying to makes excuses for their defeat by the forces of African liberation.

He called the judge "a boer", and said Fabricius has no jurisdiction in Zimbabwe and does not understand the way international law works.

"That judgment by that boer... constitutes a direct assault on our sovereignty by shameless forces afflicted by racist nostalgia," Mugabe told a group of leaders from former regional liberation movements.

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