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Justice refuses to hear insult law challenge
Alex Bell, SW Radio Africa
July 22, 2013
Chief Justice has refused to hear an urgent application challenging
the country’s insult laws, saying it will only be dealt with
The case, filed
by MDC-T Youth Assembly leader Solomon Madzore, was an attempt to
have the notorious Section 33 of the Criminal
Code struck off as unconstitutional.
is the first to challenge the constitutionality of the law, which
has been used repeatedly to arrest Zimbabweans for allegedly ‘insulting’
was recently the victim of this, after referring to Mugabe as a
‘limping donkey’ who should be put out to pasture. The
MDC-T youth leader was arrested and held in detention for two weeks.
is the MDC-T candidate for Dzivarasekwa, had filed his Con Court
application hoping to have the matter heard on an urgent basis and
before elections, arguing that the law violates three constitutional
rights – the right to campaign, the right to hold and communicate
opinions, and freedom of expression.
But Chief Justice
Godfrey Chidyausiku on Monday said the challenge will only be heard
after the election
on July 31st, because the matter is not ‘urgent’.
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