Regard must be had to the higher standard of conduct expected from public officials, and the number of falsehoods that have been put forward by the Public Protector in the course of the litigation. This conduct included the numerous “misstatements”, like misrepresenting, under oath, her reliance on evidence of economic experts in drawing up the report, failing to provide a complete record, ordered and indexed, so that the contents thereof could be determined, failing to disclose material meetings and then obfuscating the reasons for them and the reasons why they had not been previously disclosed, and generally failing to provide the court with a frank and candid account of her conduct in preparing the report. The punitive aspect of the costs order therefore stands.
You are invited to a press conference on the launch of a report by the advocacy organization AIDS-Free World on Thursday, 10 December, International Human Rights Day.
“Electing to Rape: Sexual Terror in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe”:
n is based on sworn affidavits from women raped by ruling party militias before, during and after Zimbabwe’s 2008 presidential elections;
n reveals a conclusive pattern of orchestrated sexual violence and torture;
n describes the targeting of women associated with the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change, and
n leaves no question that Robert Mugabe’s administration has committed crimes against humanity.
Four expert speakers will describe the report’s contents, including details and analysis of the testimony provided by survivors, and possible legal strategies for overcoming Zimbabwe’s culture of impunity.
Stephen Lewis, Co-Director, AIDS-Free World (and former UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa);
Beatrice Mtetwa, human rights lawyer and President of the Law Society of Zimbabwe;
Elinor Sisulu, award-winning author, political analyst and human rights activist;
Betsy Apple, Legal Director and General Counsel, AIDS-Free World.
Moderator: Shonali Shome, Legal and Gender Advisor, AIDS-Free World
Press Conference Details:
Date: Thursday, 10 December 2009
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Venue: The Gordon Institute of Business Science
Street address: 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Johannesburg
Media interviews can be arranged at the close of the press conference.
Please RSVP to FD South Africa by Tuesday, 8 December 2009.
Sandra Sampayo firstname.lastname@example.org 021 487 9000 / 079 167 6863
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