BULAWAYO – The High Court case seeking to stop the President Mnangagwa from leading the Gukurahundi exhumations and reburials has been postponed to next week Thursday.
Charles Thomas (Gukurahundi survivor), ZAPU (political party) and Ibhetshu LikaZulu (Pressure group) filed an urgent High Court application (Case No 1454/20) on 29 August 2020 seeking to stop government from conducting the exhumation process.
President Mnangagwa (first respondent) and Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Kazembe Kazembe (second respondent) made an application for postponement so they can have time to go through the case.
This was confirmed by the applicant’s lawyer, Nqobani Sithole who stated “We went in briefly to the Judge, the first respondent who is the President and the Minister who is the second respondent, made an application for a postponement of this matter because they indicated the attorney received the application yesterday.”
The case was filed following the third meeting that was held at Bulawayo State House by President Mnangagwa and the Matebeleland Collective.
In the meeting various issues were discussed including the issuance of birth, death certificates to Gukurahundi victims and exhumations among other issues.
The applicants are arguing that President Mnangagwa, who at the time of the disturbances was Minister of State Security is not suitable to lead the process as he is an interested party.
Other respondents in this case include the Matebeleland Collective, National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) Chairman, Selo Nare and the NPRC.