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29 May 2017 15:27 (South Africa)

Tsvangirai invitation to UN torture rapporteur cuts no ice

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

Seems an invitation from Morgan Tsvangirai doesn’t cut it in Zimbabwe, especially when Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF plays one international body off against another. UN torture investigator Manfred Nowak returned to South Africa after being detained in Harare and told he had no clearance to visit. Nowak was supposed on be on a week-long fact-finding mission of the country’s police stations and prisons. He blamed his treatment on the “disengagement” from the unity government by Tsvangirai’s MDC party, after one of their senior officials was arrested and charged with terrorism. Trouble is, the International Monetary Fund has just praised the unity government's improved economic policies, so Zanu-PF took a mile for another inch of progress. Read more: BBC, Times Online UK

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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