Xenophobia: Case against SA government deferred
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – VICTIMS of the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa have to wait longer for legal redress after the case human rights organizations brought against the government was deferred.
The matter at the South Gauteng High Court has been delayed to a date yet to be confirmed as papers had not reached all the respondents cited in the matter.
Justice Tsoka postponed the matter on the grounds that some of the respondents, among them the Speaker of Parliament, and President Jacob Zuma, and some government ministers had not been served with the court papers because to the two recent holidays- Freedom Day and Workers’ Day.
Other reasons were given as logistical as some respondents were out of Johannesburg.
The Black Business Forum Zimbabwe (BBFZ) and the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF) filed applications seeking President Jacob Zuma and eight departments halt current deportations of refugees including those that are yet to receive their permits under the Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit (ZSP).
The deportations have been linked to the xenophobic violence.
BBFZ and ZEF are representing the majority foreign nationals, who were victims of xenophobic violence in the country.
These are mainly from Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Somalia and Zimbabwe.
The case was heard at the South Gauteng High Court on Monday with Advocate Kumbirai Toma of the Johannesburg Bar and Advocate Gabriel Shumba of the Pitje Chambers representing the BBFZ and foreign nationals living in the country.
President Zuma and eight ministers have been cited as respondents.
The Home Affairs, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), National Director of Public Prosecutions, Speaker of Parliament, Police Commissioner, Minister of Police, Minister of Defence as well as Department of State Security are cited as respondents.
The latest round of xenophobic violence officially claimed four lives but there are suggestions the number could be seven.
– CAJ News
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