Torture claims: Zim dismisses SA court ruling

2012-05-09 12:04

Cape Town - Zimbabwe has castigated the decision by a South African high court to investigate and prosecute Zanu-PF loyalists and military generals suspected of having committed crimes against humanity, reports said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the North Gauteng High Court ruled that South Africa was obliged under international law to probe alleged atrocities by officials in Zimbabwe.

Judge Hans Fabricius ordered the National Prosecuting Authority to prosecute Zimbabweans concerned if they ever set foot in South Africa.

The officials are accused of masterminding "crimes against humanity" by instituting a state-sanctioned reign of terror in their country.

But, according to state owned Herald online, President Robert Mugabe's minister of Justice and legal affairs, Patrick Chinamasa described the ruling as irrelevant, saying it was a general judgement without specifics.

“The ruling brings the South African justice system into disrepute,” he said.

“No specifics have been identified because they should have laid a blow to blow account of what crime has been committed.

“That the court made a ruling based on a generalised opinion is a sad moment for the justice system in South Africa.”

Chinamasa said the ruling was a generalised order as it did not identify the people to be arrested and prosecuted for the alleged crimes.

He also said the International Criminal Court (ICC) had no jurisdiction over Zimbabwe as the country was not a State party to the Rome Statute that constituted it.

  • Martin - 2012-05-09 12:27

    step over the border then, i double dare you!

      Martin - 2012-05-09 12:28

      they want a list of names so they can avoid sending the suspects here.

      Felix - 2012-05-09 12:31

      Come and fetch the list Patrick, our Email&fax are down. Muhahaha.

  • Felix - 2012-05-09 12:33


  • Bloodstone - 2012-05-09 12:44

    The same Chinamasa that declared various Zimbabwean NGO's illegal, including leading Human Rights organisation the Amani Trust which provides support to victims of torture. You have not changed you snake!

  • Newton - 2012-05-09 13:18

    This very clear that South-Africa have joined the West to impose strict measures anti-top brass of ZANU-PF and its allies who have abused human rights.

  • Owen - 2012-05-09 13:51

    I doubt if SA wil manage this.they should leave ZIM alone

      Martin - 2012-05-09 16:13

      the obama should colonise zim hahahah that would piss mugabe off

  • Mpumelo - 2012-05-09 14:16

    Of course ZANUPF are going to dismiss the SA court ruling but all eyes and ears are going to open and watching and waiting to report any zanupf human rights abusers entering South Africa's borders.

  • bongani.ndlovu.96 - 2012-05-09 14:35

    wish somebody can have guts 2 stop it.

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-05-09 17:16

    Prosecute Mad Bob first.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-09 17:30

    It's not SA, but 1 judge Mr. Bob!!!

  • Glenview - 2012-05-09 17:44

    hahahahahaha!!!! kikikikiki!!! what a joke !! America and Britain failed to arrest mugabe and now south africa is making itself the laughing stork in africa , i am sure is just laughing just give it some you will hear when Uncle Bob blasting SA

  • Jacob - 2012-05-09 20:14

    The minister's comment means ther's a skeleton som place in d cupboard. Otherwise silence allows d truth t speak fe itself ne?

  • Zenzele - 2012-05-09 21:48

    Look who is questioning South African justice system, this guy needs his head checked!!!

  • Zighom - 2012-05-09 23:00

    This case is far more complex than it seems, and involves complex issues of international law. The order misses so many critical points such as the fact that Zim is not a signatory to the Rome statute and therefore no country can use that statute to prosecute Zim citizens. Its a voluntary system and that's the whole point. And the issue of prosecuting someone who is not an SA citizen for a crime committed outside of SA and against non-SA citizens is too far fetched to be practical. It violates all rules I know and I won't be suprised if the order is set aside on appeal. Judges do go overboard and this one did just that. The case does not meet one requirement for extra-territorial prosecution and sadly Zim can laugh it off and they're correct to do so.

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