ANC backs judge over Mugabe

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s criticism of a crucial ruling by the Pretoria High Court, that South Africa must probe Zimbabwean officials over allegations of torture, has been rejected by South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC).

South African judge Hans Fabricius in May 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.

Mugabe on Friday urged the ANC to block any investigation, saying it was a “racist assault” by embittered Zimbabwean and South African Whites.

Mugabe, who was speaking at a convention of southern African liberation movements in Harare, infererd that White South African judges are trying to makes excuses for their defeat by the forces of African liberation and that they fail to understand the way international law works.

However, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe on Sunday said his party ''respects'' the High Court ruling, in line with the rule of law.
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11 june 2012 10:11:09

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