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WOZA LEADERS FREED ON BAIL AFTER 13 DAY DETENTION

WOZA LEADERS FREED ON BAIL AFTER 13 DAY DETENTION

High Court Judge Justice Maphios Cheda on Tuesday 4 October 2011 granted bail to two Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) leaders, Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu who had been languishing

in remand prison for 13 days since their arrest last month on charges of theft and kidnapping.

Justice Cheda, who presided over the WOZA leaders' bail hearing, ordered Williams and Mahlangu to deposit $200 each with the clerk of court as bail money and not to interfere with State witnesses.

Kossam Ncube, of Kossam Ncube and Partners Legal Practitioners, who is also a board member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and Lizwe Jamela of ZLHR represented the WOZA leaders.

Williams and Mahlangu were arrested by the police on Wednesday 21 September 2011 as they prepared to peacefully stage a march in Bulawayo in observance of International Day of Peace and charged with theft and kidnapping. They were incarcerated at the notorious Mlondolozi Prison, which is part of the Khami prison complex in Bulawayo.

10 other WOZA members who were arrested together with Williams and Mahlangu and charged with criminal nuisance were freed on Thursday 22 September 2011 after prosecutors at Bulawayo Magistrates Court declined to prosecute them.

 

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