SA Gukhurahundi group

Hundreds of Zimbabweans added their voices to calls for justice for the Gukurahundi genocide over the weekend, during the launch of a new lobby group in South Africa.

The group, the Gukurahundi Genocide Victims for Justice, was launched on Saturday at the Hillbrow Recreation Centre in Johannesburg. Hundreds of Zimbabwean exiles gathered to support the group, which aims to lobby for the trial of perpetrators of the Gukurahundi massacres, and the exhumation and reburial of the victims’ remains.

Speaking at the GGV4J launch the organisation’s chairperson, Magugu Khumalo, said the group would campaign for delivery of justice for the estimated 20,000 victims in the 1980s, which was only last year officially classified as genocide.

“We need to have those who died reburied; we need to bury our dear departed according to our own customs. We need to identify and engage with the survivors of Gukurahundi. There are a lot among us even here now. We are going to set up a platform where these survivors will come and tell their stories to the whole world,” she said.

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