US Govt sued in Gauteng High Court over Zimbabwe sanctions

By Stanley James

The Zimbabwe Anti-Sanctions Movement (ZASM) has outlined its strategy on the lawsuit against the United States of America over illegal sanctions imposed on the country.

The lawsuit was filed earlier this year and now the case has been bolstered after the African National Congress of South Africa met Directors of the Zimbabwe Anti Sanctions Movement (ZASM) with the intention of supporting the case against the illegal sanctions.

ZASM Lawyer, Advocate Simba Chitando revealed to the ZBC News this Friday that the lawsuit was necessitated by the fact that South Africa as Zimbabwe’s biggest trading partner and some of its banks are allegedly implementing the illegal embargo in dealing with Zimbabwe’s industry and commerce.

The case has been filed and we are now waiting for the responses so that a clear path to the entire system is brought to its finality having filled the case earlier this year,” he said.

Advocate Chitando revealed that the case was filed at the Johannesburg High Court with the intention of declaring the illegal sanctions unconstitutional and invalid.

In its submissions, ZASM also argues that the sanctions are hurting the Zimbabwean economy and are inconsistent with international law.

The anti-sanctions movement says it is now waiting for a response from US President Joe Biden, after the papers were served in Washington DC last month.