Mugabe begs South Africa ruling party to stop human rights probe

Mugabe begs South Africa ruling party to stop human rights probe

Zimbabwe’s president says he wants South Africa’s ruling African National Congress to block an investigation a South African judge has ordered into alleged violence and atrocities by loyalists of his party.

President Robert Mugabe, speaking at a convention of southern African liberation movements in Harare on Friday, called the probe ordered in May a “racist assault” by embittered Zimbabwean and South African whites.

The South African judge ordered his country’s prosecutors to investigate alleged human rights abuses and torture in Zimbabwe in a case filed by a human rights group and Zimbabwean exiles.

Those who brought the case say they have documented abuses and envision a trial in South Africa.

The case is likely to be tied up in appeals for some time before any probe starts. – Sapa-A

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