GIVEMORE Nhidza walks with a limp and carries scars from Zimbabwe’s torture chambers. Nhidza managed to flee to South Africa, but was then arrested and sent back to Zimbabwe in an illegal rendition
In a harrowing statement Nhidza made to law firm Eversheds in Johannesburg in 2009, he said he spent 18 months without being charged in Chikurubi prison near Harare after his arrest during an anti-government demonstration in 2006.The former soldier and Movement for Democratic Change activist said he was tortured almost daily.His legs and hands were broken, he was beaten with metal bars on his feet, and was subjected to electric shock treatment.In August 2007 he was granted bail for medical reasons and fled to South Africa, where the Department of Home Affairs granted him asylum-seeker status.But, two months later, at a service station in Polokwane, he found himself surrounded by six soldiers – three in SA National Defence Force uniforms and three in Zimbabwean army gear.He was driven to an SANDF army base near Musina and interrogated for a day about a recent spate of bombings of police stations in Zimbabwe.Among other things, he was accused of running terror training camps in South Africa and supplying bombs to activists intent on overthrowing the Zimbabwean government – charges he denies.”The next day the same South African and Zimbabwean soldiers took me to a border crossing in the bush and handed me to some security agents in plain clothes in two twin-cab bakkies,” he said.Nhidza was taken to a torture camp on a farm near Mutare where he was beaten and left for dead on the road side. A fellow activist took him to a nearby clinic.A doctor’s affidavit shows his limbs were broken again after a “severe” beating with a high likelihood of “permanent injuries”. Nhidza was eventually smuggled back to South Africa.SANDF spokesman Lieutenant Romeo Mabote did not deny the incident took place.He urged Nhidza to “make a legitimate complaint to the police”, saying the SANDF “has no arrangement with its Zimbabwean counterparts in terms of which, joint processing of suspected illegal foreigners is done”.But Nhidza said this would be futile.”They know the police are not going to investigate a case against the military and we are afraid to report it to the police – I might get deported again.”
SA Justice Minister calls for probe into Zim ‘renditions’ by Alex Bell on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 in South Africa . sw radio
South Africa’s Justice Minister has called for an investigation into reports that the country’s priority crimes unit and the police are involved in an illegal ‘renditions’ deal with Zimbabwe.
Minister Jeff Radebe is reportedly on a “collision course” with his colleague, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, after demanding answers over the report. Radebe told South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper that the rendition claims were “very worrying,” especially considering the allegations “were levelled not only against organs of state, but one that is responsible for law enforcement and security.”
Mthethwa on the other hand dismissed the claims, made in a report by the Sunday Times late last month. The report accuses the priority crimes unit, the Hawks and senior police officials of being part of a renditions deal with their Zimbabwean counterparts. The Sunday Times reported that this deal has resulted in a number of Zimbabwean ‘suspects’ being killed, after they were picked up in South Africa and illegally transferred to Zimbabwean authorities.
The newspaper also reported that Police Minister Mthethwa is sitting on explosive reports, listing at least three deaths allegedly as the result of a ‘renditions’ operation led by officers reporting to Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mzwandile Petros. But Mthethwa told the Sunday Times last week that “there is nothing in front of (me)” to warrant an investigation. He said the claims of rendition involving the Hawks were “baseless and imaginative.”
The Sunday Times said it has evidence that Zimbabwean Witness Ndeya, who was suspected of shooting a policeman in his country, was “renditioned” by the Hawks and then murdered, apparently by Zimbabwean police. The newspaper has also quoted one Gift Nhadzi, a former MDC organiser, who detailed how he was arrested by members of the South Africa police, who then handed him over to Zimbabwean police officers in plain clothes. He was then tortured in front of villagers.
“While they were torturing me they said: ‘This is how a sell-out and a terrorist is treated’,” he said. “My wife was four months pregnant. They said they wanted to skin her alive because there is a sellout in her womb.”
Nhadzi reportedly said that after begging for mercy, they beat her belly, and she then suffered a miscarriage. Nhadzi has since fled back to South Africa. ..
comments from The Exile Govt movement
CDE Nhidza is also a full member of the ZIMBABWE EXILE GOVT AN ANT ZANU-PF MOVEMENT and it is so pain full to see another Govt in the SADC, pushing for people to be killed. We now remove the credibility of S.A in the formation of Zimbabwean democracy, and this sound very well that these are the activities of Malema a suspect in the activities of ant-democracy and an agent of Mugabe down south. The exile govt will push for an explanation from the D.S authorities , be4 handing this case to SADC and UN.