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Mel Frykberg
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15 Feb 2018
10:16 am

Amnesty says Zuma’s successor must address human rights

Mel Frykberg

Zuma,who was recalled by the ruling African National Congress, resigned late Wednesday.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 18, 2017: Former president Jacob Zuma during the 54th National Conference at the Nasrec Expo Centre on December 18, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Cyril Ramaphosa received the most votes and is now the new ANC president taking Zuma’s place. (Photo by Gallo Images / Netwerk24 / Deaan Vivier)

Amnesty International has called on President Jacob Zuma’s successor to address human rights as violations of these were a regular event under the former president.

“During Jacob Zuma’s presidency South Africa was blighted by serious human rights violations. His successor must do everything within his or her power to ensure that the state redresses this as a priority,” said Executive Director of Amnesty International South Africa Shenilla Mohamed.

“Under Jacob Zuma’s leadership, we’ve seen a failure to ensure access to justice for victims of a range of human rights violations. For example, almost six years after 34 striking mineworkers in Marikana were killed by police, there has been no justice for victims or their families,” added Mohamed.

Zuma,who was recalled by the ruling African National Congress, resigned late Wednesday.

The rights activist further claimed that under the former president intimidation of independent journalists exposing corruption and “state capture” had risen.

“Journalists who stood up for editorial integrity at the public broadcaster, South African Broadcasting Corporation, were also harassed and intimidated,” said Mohamed.

“With a new president, the ANC-led government now has a golden opportunity to ensure that human rights violations, including those from the Zuma-era, are tackled decisively and transparently.”

– African News Agency  (ANA)

 

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