SALC and ZEF are asking the High Court to review and set aside the decision of the National Prosecuting Authority and the South African Police Services not to investigate Zimbabwean officials linked to acts of state-sanctioned torture following a police raid on the headquarters of the Movement for Democratic Change in 2007.
“The High Court has an opportunity to set an important precedent, which will ensure that South Africa lives up to its legal responsibilities to prosecute the perpetrators of international crimes wherever they are committed,” said Nicole Fritz, Executive Director of SALC.
This case represents the first time that a South African court will have the opportunity to provide guidance on the scope and nature of the obligations placed on the South African authorities by signing up to the International Criminal Court.
Where – North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria
When – The hearing will run from Monday 26th – Friday 31st March, starting 10am daily
Who – Argument by advocates Wim Trengove SC, Gilbert Marcus SC and Max du Plessis.
SALC promotes human rights and the rule of law in southern Africa through litigation, advocacy and training.
ZEF seeks to combat impunity and achieve justice for human rights violations in Zimbabwe and to support Zimbabweans in exile.