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Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
June 04, 2010

Students from the second oldest and largest institution NUST who had been denied bail by a magistrate who happens to be a lecturer at the same institution have been granted it. The magistrate had interests in the case as he is an employee of the complainant, however after realizing that the defense lawyer Mr. Matshobana Ncube of ZLHR was to apply to unsit the magistrate he later handed over the case to a not so wise lady.

The students have been granted bail of US$50 each and the conditions attached to it are irrational and restrictive to the innocent students. The President of ZINASU Obert Masaraure was briefly detained when he lambasted the magistrate during the court proceedings, protesting against the unfair trial.

The administrative authorities are slowly giving in at NUST as they are now requesting students to create credit plans of their own choice. ZINASU will step up its campaign against the discriminatory educational policy of L.R. Ndlovu. The Gender and Human Rights Secretary Kundai Chambare has stated in clear and tacit terms that, 'Students at NUST shall all write exams under any circumstances and surely for all institutions of higher learning it shall apply.'

Meanwhile, students at Kwekwe Poly, Gweru Poly, Kushinga Phikelela Poly and Bulawayo Poly are being allowed to register for HEXCO exams despite them having arrears. ZINASU condemns the stance taken by Coltart's ministry of extending the deadline instead of revising downwards the examination fees as well as extending the deadline at the same time. The examination fees are beyond the reach of many in particular sons and daughters of poor peasant farmers and the civil servants.

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