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Fri Aug 26 05:21:54 SAST 2016

Winnie star witness against Israeli 'apartheid'

ANNA MAJAVU | 20 July, 2011 00:0849 Comments
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Image by: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is to testify at an "international peoples' court" in Cape Town that will decide if Israel is imposing apartheid on Palestinians.

The "Russell Tribunal on Palestine" will be opened by retired archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town in November.

The tribunal has the backing of former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils, churches, labour federation Cosatu, former defence minister and former deputy speaker of parliament Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, and Treatment Action Campaign founder Zackie Achmat.

Two veteran Israeli human rights lawyers, Michael Sfard and Leah Tsemel will also testify, as will international law professor John Dugard, who was the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Palestine until recently.

Kasrils joins Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire, Spanish Supreme Court judge Jose Antonio Pallin and globally acclaimed author Alice Walker on the jury.

Kasrils said yesterday that the ANC government must follow Cosatu's lead and take "much stronger measures" against Israel.

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