Complaint against Zimbabwean officials for crimes against humanity

Ben Freeth, right, and farmworkers
Ben Freeth, right, and farm workers

Rights activist, Ben Freeth, have laid a complaint of crimes against humanity against several high ranking Zimbabwean officials.

The action stems from alleged human rights abuses by the Zimbabwean government against farm workers, commercial farmers and the opposition. They want the police to investigate the claims and eventually have the perpetrators prosecuted for crimes against mankind.

Enough evidence exists for police to start investigations. Some 33 affidavits of Zimbabwean farmers and ordinary citizens have been collected to support their claims.

Zimbabwean Human Rights Activist Ben Freeth says: “The attack has gotten worse, almost all those farmers and farm workers have been left without anything at all.”

AfriForum Legal Representative Willie Spies says: “It is important to bring the actual perpetrators to justice. Our legal system do allow for that. SA is party to the statute of Rome. In terms of our international legal obligation, SA is obliged to investigate complains that have been laid by victims.”

The Zimbabwean embassy declined to comment on the matter. Unisa International Law Professor, Gus Waschefort says, “The decision by the Zimbabwean embassy not to comment is driven by a political dimension. The crimes were committed by individuals, not the state.”

The action was prompted by the Supreme Court of Appeal that ordered the NPA to investigate crimes against humanity and human rights abuses according to the Rome Statute.