Regional News Roundup

Traffickers arrested

South African police early this week arrested six alleged human traffickers in the border town of Musina. The men were arrested at the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa for allegedly enslaving 47 Ethiopian men, kept in a ‘safe’ house in Makhado and Thohoyandou.

The six, all with businesses in Thohoyandou, were being investigated for additional links to similar activities in other countries and were expected to appear in the Musina Magistrate’s Court on charges of kidnapping.

Rights groups confident

Civil rights groups and opposition political parties have expressed confidence that South Africa will prosecute Zimbabwean perpetrators of torture.

Most of the cases were committed against MDC supporters during a 2007 raid at the party’s Harare offices. This follows recent ruling by the North Gauteng High Court that these perpetrators be brought to book in South Africa. The civil rights groups said the ruling reaffirmed South Africa’s and the international community’s obligations to prosecute perpetrators of crimes against humanity irrespective of where the crimes were committed

Attacks remembered

The African Diaspora Forum will this weekend commemorate xenophobic attacks that killed more than 60 people in South Africa four years ago.

The event is scheduled for Yeoville, near central Johannesburg Saturday. Zimbabweans were among those brutally killed when locals attacked foreign nationals, accusing them of stealing their jobs and women and competing with them for state resources.

Real Change in SA

The mainstream MDC has launched the South African edition of its in-house newsletter. The Real Change Times – Mzansi Edition will be used to communicate with party members in the neighbouring country and will be distributed at the beginning of each month in both electronic and print formats. The idea is to create an avenue in which the party can communicate with its members on the various topical issues in Zimbabwe.

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