Conflict & Justice

South Africa to Investigate Mass Rapes in Neighboring Zimbabwe



Zimbabwean women participate in a demonstration during celebrations to commemorate International Women Day in Bulawayo, March 8, 2010. REUTERS/Emmanuel Chitate (ZIMBABWE - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTR2BDYM

The government of South Africa is invoking "universal jursidiction" to investigate allegations of a systematic, politically-based rape campaign in Zimbabwe.

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The rapes are said to have targeted opposition supporters ahead of Zimbabwe's 2008 election.

Anchor, Marco Werman speaks with Paula Donovan, co-director of AIDS-Free World in South Africa, who's been advocating for the prosecution of the perpetrators of the Zimbabwe rapes.