Press Release: HSF to appear as amicus in the Manuel Chang extradition hearing

On 16 and 17 October 2019, the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg will hear review proceedings in respect of a decision to extradite Mr Manuel Chang to Mozambique. The Helen Suzman Foundation has been admitted as amicus curiae.

In December 2018, Mr Chang was apprehended in South Africa following an arrest warrant for his alleged involvement in fraudulent activity during his tenure as Mozambique’s Minister of Finance. South Africa received separate requests for the extradition and surrender of Mr Chang to the United States of America and Mozambique. On 21 May 2019, the former Minister of Justice, Mr Michael Masutha, took the decision to extradite Mr Chang to Mozambique.

The HSF will argue that, taking into account South Africa’s constitutional and international law obligations, it was unlawful, irrational and unconstitutional for the former Minister to take the decision to extradite Mr Chang to Mozambique.

A copy of the HSF’s heads of argument can be found here.

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