Helen Zille asks ICC to prosecute Mugabe

2008-06-29 00:00

Cape Town — While President Thabo Mbeki reportedly endorsed Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwean president at the weekend, DA leader Helen Zille made a call for Mugabe to be tried at The Hague for crimes against humanity.

Zille yesterday joined ID leader Patricia de Lille and other opposition parties in calling on the international community, including the SADC and the AU to refuse to recognise Mugabe as the leader of Zimbabwe.

Zille said yesterday that overwhelming evidence presents a case for Mugabe to be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague.

Zille addressed a press conference yesterday to welcome back DA members of the SADC electoral observer mission to Zimbabwe, Dianne Kohler-Barnard and Manie van Dyk, who recounted their experiences observing the presidential run-off.

The DA leader said she is to write, today to the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, to request that he put human rights violations in Zimbabwe on the agenda of the UN Security Council, with a view to establishing a Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights abuses perpetrated by Mugabe and the Zanu-PF leadership and referring the matter to the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC in order to open a criminal investigation into crimes against humanity committed by the Mugabe regime.

She accused Mbeki of having resisted all calls to declare the Mugabe government illegitimate, despite the “sham” election on Friday and the bloodshed that led up to it. “Instead of condemning and isolating Mugabe, Mbeki has allowed Mugabe to literally get away with murder.”

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