n South African Law Journal - Prosecuting international crimes in South Africa : interpreting the requirement of the accused's presence in South African territory under the implementation of the Rome Statute of the ICC Act : notes

Volume 131, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



On 25 February 2013 AIDS-Free World, an AIDS and HIV advocacy non-governmental organisation, announced that the South African National Prosecuting Authority ('NPA') and the South African Police Service ('SAPS') had undertaken to investigate an alleged widespread campaign of politically-motivated rape carried out in Zimbabwe by members of the ruling Zimbabwean ZANU-PF party against opposition party supporters during the lead-up to the 2008 Zimbabwean Presidential elections. This decision was the result of legal submissions made by AIDS-Free World to the NPA requesting investigation and prosecution of these alleged Zimbabwean crimes against humanity in South African courts. As part of its submissions, the NGO handed over a large dossier of evidence documenting the allegations to the NPA, including testimony of more than 70 opposition-affiliated women who claim to have been raped by members of ZANU-PF.

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