WOZA leaders still detained
By Alex Bell
The leaders of pressure group Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), arrested a
week ago during a peaceful demonstration, are still being held behind bars.
Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu have been remanded in custody at the
notorious Mlondolozi Prison on charges of ‘kidnapping’ and ‘theft’. WOZA has
called the allegations “malicious” and “spurious”, and has also raised
concerns about the wellbeing of the two women.
Last week 12 WOZA members were arrested during a march in Bulawayo, which
had been organised to commemorate the International Day of Peace. Riot
police were dispatched to break up the march, beating several people in the
process. 10 of the WOZA women appeared in court last Thursday on ‘criminal
nuisance’ charges, but the prosecutor refused to bring a case against them
and they were released.
Williams and Mahlangu however were charged separately and have been remanded
in custody until next month.
Lizwe Jamela from Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) told SW Radio
Africa on Wednesday that the State has filed its opposing papers and they
are expecting a hearing date on Friday.
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