Zimbabwe rights activists detained

2012-11-06 22:04

Harare - Police in Zimbabwe have detained three staffers from a human rights group in a fresh crackdown on non-governmental organisations, lawyers say.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said on Tuesday that Fidelis Mudimu, a manager with the group's Counselling Services Unit, and two senior staffers had been picked up in a police raid together with two colleagues.

"The three were part of the five members of the Counselling Services Unit staff who were picked up on Monday afternoon when about 20 police officers raided their offices," the group's spokesperson Kumbirai Mafunda said.

"Their two colleagues were released on Monday, but the three were detained without charge.

"They are certain to endure another night in custody.

"Lawyers are preparing to file an urgent application in the high court challenging their arrest and continued detention."

The group's Counselling Services Unit offers medical and psychological assistance to victims of organised violence.

Mafunda said the three detained staffers had not been charged but that police had hinted they intended to take them to the second city of Bulawayo, where the police alleged the three defaced some property.

The arrests came after police raided the offices of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe twice in August, saying the organisation had "pamphlets and fliers with information that promotes homosexuality for distribution".

Authorities in Zimbabwe have in the past threatened to revoke registration for NGOs deemed to be opposed to veteran President Robert Mugabe's policies.

In the latest raid the police said they were searching for "material that defaces any house, building, wall, fence, lamp post, gate, lift without the consent of the owner or occupier thereof."

They seized a computer and some documents from the CSU offices.

  • donald.perumal - 2012-11-06 22:57

    Hi All The Model African state shows us how to "advance the rights of African". Come on Floyd please explain!

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-11-07 08:27

      It will not be long before the electorate here start to get tired of the lack of delivery and self-enrichment taking place and start putting pressure on the ANC through the ballot... then all we need to do is replace Zimbabwe with SA in all these headlines.

  • declan.kelly.54 - 2012-11-06 23:21

    Things to watch out for in government: Extreme socialist agendas, communism and tribalism. When a government aims to have the majority of the populace working for their national institutions, it's time to watch out. It''s always a phased approach. Watch out, SA. Take a close look at Cuba's history.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-11-07 05:56

    Warming up for next year's elections.

  • Nigel - 2012-11-07 06:42

    Hold tight - we're going the same way.

      kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-11-07 07:21

      What are you doing to make sure that South Africa doesn't go down? Moaning nd complaining?

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-11-07 08:29

      Well kenny, you seem to be moaning at the BigChief. I'd like to do something, but don't know what. Perhaps you can help and tell me what I can do to stop the ANC looting the state coffers and ruining this country. P.S. please bear in mind that I dont toy-toy very well!

      donald.perumal - 2012-11-07 10:55

      @BigChiefPlumbPudding We are NOT going to go down that route -ever!Change will come!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 11:11

      It's easy Gary. The problem is not the opposition per se but how whites treat Africans in their day to day encounters. Whites need to improve their relationships with blacks, be it in the factories, farms, mines and your domestic workers. You are still the biggest employers in this country and as such have the power to influence the perceptions blacks have of whites as oppressors and racists. Do your part!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-07 11:35

      Fidel, It are RACISTS like you, who create racial tensions. Racial harmony, here in SA, and in most countries in Africa, ( most certainly in the 35 African countries I have travelled ) is by far better than race relations in most parts of the world. It is only a few percent of Blacks and a few percent of Whites, who create a problem. So, F.CK them !!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 12:25

      Toos, "are" is for plural and "is" for singular. You like to wade in on comments without the slightest comprehension of what others are actually saying. Re read my post slowly this time!

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-11-07 12:40

      @fidel - no matter how the whites treat the blacks in this country, it is not going to stop the ruling party from steal the taxpayers money for self enrichment ... and that is what is going to destroy this country long before any racial issues.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 13:24

      Gary, improving race relations in this country will convince the black voters that voting for a perceived white party (DA) is not a problem. It is whites that want the black vote and the onus is on them to convince blacks, by behaving civilly towards blacks. You get the black vote, you get rid of the ANC, you get rid of stealing.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-07 08:48

    Ahhhh Zimbabwe back to normal! I wish Malema and his cronies would move there and see how much better South AFrica would be if it wasn't for idiots like them.

  • amasiya51 - 2012-11-07 13:37

    Typical of (Zimbabwe Republic Police),ZRP at work, especially when towards elections!!

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