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ZCTU appeals to court over banned march
Mathuthu, SW Radio Africa
September 11, 2013
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Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) has made an urgent High Court
application, seeking to bar the police from interfering with their
march planned for Saturday.
Lawyers for Human Rights told SW Radio Africa Tuesday that the
matter will be heard by Justice Mathonsi Wednesday at 11 am. Reports
Tuesday said the police had banned the march against the violation
of workers’ rights.
In a shock u-turn
the police banned the march citing ‘security fears’
soon, after giving it an all clear. According to Chimbga, on August
20th the police gave the march the nod only to write a week later
withdrawing the permission. The ZCTU, the largest labour union in
the country, intends to commemorate the September 14th 2006 crackdown
on a workers protest, during which the police assaulted trade union
leaders Lovemore Matombo and Wellington Chibhebhe.
Plans are that
the commemoration will start with the cleaning up of streets at
Copacabana in the Kopje district of Harare, followed by a march
to the Globe House between 9.30 am and 1 pm.
A police notice
however, said ‘the political situation is not yet conducive
for such events as unscrupulous elements might take advantage and
hijack the whole programme’.
the ZCTU will argue in court that if the police had such intelligence
it was incumbent upon them to discharge their duties and act accordingly.
He said the police should go ahead and ‘monitor’ the
proceedings, as they stated in their initial notice.
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