ICC threats will harden ED: Church

By NQOBANI NDLOVU

THREATS to drag President Emmerson Mnangagwa and some of his top government officials to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over human rights violations will not solve the country’s crises, but only harden those in positions of authority, and prolong the people’s suffering, the Dutch Reformed Church has warned.

This is contained in a position paper compiled by church officials, Braam Hanekom and Llewellyn MacMaster based in South Africa following their recent working visit to Zimbabwe to probe the aftermath of last month’s deadly protests.

Hanekom, a director of the Centre for Public Witness and emeritus moderator of the Dutch Reformed Church in the Western and Southern Cape and MacMaster, a moderator of Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa, met civic society organisations, lawyers, Counselling Services Unit (CSU), academics, former parliamentarians and prominent clergy, including pastor Evan Mawarire during their visit.

In the paper, Hanekom and MacMaster suggested mediation between Mnangagwa and the opposition, which they said should be facilitated by “level-headed” people to create a “win-win” situation.

“Amnesty and assurance that the International Criminal Court will not strike out at senior government officials is important. Otherwise a ‘fight-to-the-end’ scenario is definitely on the table. Traditional opposition politics will not function now.

“Pressure alone, however, won’t work because you are dealing with a military situation that only knows one form of action. What is required is influence by people who do not necessarily want to overthrow a government, but are level-headed and creating a win-win situation,” the position paper reads in part.

“At this stage, we are pleading for intervention from institutions like the office of the Archbishop in Cape Town, the South African Council of Churches, the National Church Leaders Consultation, the South African and international governments.”

South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has threatened to drag Mnangagwa to the ICC over the military crackdown which claimed 17 lives, leaving over 80 others nursing gunshot wounds as civilians took to the streets to protest a 150% fuel price hike.

4 Comments

  1. No manhi the church seems is talking a lot of nonsense ICC is the way to go to deal with human right abusers whether it will take years as long the human right abusers are reported to ICC then the victims at least have hope that justices one day will prevail . ED will be hardened for the period he is in power once he is out he is sent to the the ICC together with his Cde in crime .Where is Charles TAYLOR ? inside and Jean Pear Bemba has just come from there he is a good man now . So viva ICC report the criminals never try to protect them in August last year 6 pple gunned down and now 12 more gunned down ICC is the answer

  2. My poor friend you don’t understand how the ICC works together with your other sick thinking people who think that one day ED will go to the hague.First enquire about the ICC and then talk your rubbish.

  3. Hanekom and MacMaster must have been greased to utter such rubbish. We do not need their opinion from the kingdom of Satan on this one.
    As for you Kudiwa, do you in your right senses really think your so called ED will get away with it, ICC or no ICC? Kudiwa it is you who is poor needs needs to enquire about the mood of the Zimbabwean people kwete zvenyu zvekufurirana kana mazvimbirwa neloot yeZanu

  4. One way or the other, they must be held accountable, power corrupts. I would favor a full blown war in the Zimbabwean situation. The longer you avoid the need for a war the longer we will be abused. Sadly we have a useless SADC and might to organize our own defensive.

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