Chairperson of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC), Retired Justice Sello Nare, revealed in an interview with The Independent that he lost relatives during the Gukurahundi era.
Gukurahundi is a term used to describe the massacre of an estimated 20 000 people, mostly of Ndebele origin, by the Zimbabwe National Army in the 1980s.
Rtd Justice Nare said that there have been calls from some quarters for the prosecution of the Gukurahundi architects. Calls have also been made for compensation to be made to people who lost relatives during the genocide. Said the retired Justice:
Suggestions have come to us from the outreach programme and various quarters that people should be prosecuted for having played a role in Gukurahundi.
Some have suggested that those found guilty should be dragged to The Hague. Let me highlight that as a commission, we are still going through those submissions and we will then table a report on these suggestions.
Parliament and other stakeholders will also be briefed on what the people have said and I think that is when finality on this matter can be reached.
… Some people feel in order to, in isiNdebele it’s called ukwesula inyembezi (wipe the tears) from the Gukurahundi disturbances, there should be compensation. We have noted that.
We are still consulting and analysing what form this would take. Once we are done, we will also put in our proposals to the authorities and suggest what we see as a way of dealing with this matter.
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More: The Independent