|President slams SA court ruling|
|Saturday, 09 June 2012 12:00|
Takunda Maodza Senior Reporter
He said the ruling constituted interference and a direct assault on the country’s sovereignty by residual Rhodesian and Apartheid forces in South Africa.
He made the remarks while officially opening a summit of former Sadc liberation movements in Harare.
“Needless to say, we take umbrage at these residual Rhodesian and Apartheid forces that are finding space in our midst, to use our courts in a manner that seeks to mollify their defeat at the hands of our liberation struggles and reverse the gains that we have attained for our collective peoples.
He urged the ANC to take action.
Last month, Judge Fabricius gave a ruling ordering the South African government to investigate alleged State-sponsored violence and crimes against humanity allegedly committed by Government officials in Zimbabwe in 2007.
Their case was based on a dossier detailing alleged attacks on MDC supporters in 2007 handed to the South African National Prosecuting Authority in 2008, but no formal investigations were launched.
President Mugabe challenged the former liberation movements --- Zanu-PF, ANC, MPLA (Angola), Frelimo (Mozambique), Chama Chamapinduzi (Tanzania) and Swapo of Namibia --- to be proactive in the face of open aggression by the former colonisers.
“Lest we forget, the purpose of these meetings is to accord former liberation movements an opportunity to deliberate, agree and develop joint strategies to enable us to retain the power we won on behalf of the people.
He narrated how the West formed the MDC in 1999 in a bid to reverse the gains of the liberation struggle and went on to locate the hands of the imperialists in uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Ivory Coast and Libya.
“We do not have to look far to see the West’s dark hand behind the current disturbances in Mali and Guinea Bissau. See how the carnal forces now seek the imminent balkanisation of Mali into smaller states and similar fragmentation of Libya into three or more separate states.
Africa’s destabilisation, establish their intentions and conceive ways and means of resisting the savagery of their actions. Africa should never be a colony again!” President Mugabe said.
He said Southern Africa, having been the last frontier of colonialism and by virtue of its high concentration of liberation movements in national politics, was regarded as inimical to the West’s fundamental interests.
He bemoaned the delay in the drafting of a new constitution by Copac that had gobbled over US$40 million laying the blame on the MDC formations and its Western handlers who fear losing the polls to Zanu-PF.
President Mugabe said drafting of the country’s first constitution after Independence in 1980 took “a matter of weeks” yet current Copac efforts have gone for over three years.
“If the new Constitution cannot be finished we are saying there is nothing wrong with the old Constitution. We amended the Lancaster House (Constitution) several times,” he said.
He said cases of violence have decreased significantly now.
“The revolutionary parties should watch for tendencies on the part of some within us to want to get to the top or find some ways of being separate or the tendency to be bought over. The West, West, West, is our worst enemy. They will always come clandestinely and want to divide us,” President Mugabe said.
“We have learnt our lessons although there are some people who would never learn. There is always the hand of the enemy,” President Mugabe said.
“The democratic path requires that the people decide. It is not the number of years. Parties do not retire, but individuals do. If you can stay permanently in power and the people want you, then you can continue. That is democracy,” President Mugabe said.