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to deliver ruling on Maseko's application as court conducts
inspection in loco
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
September 16, 2010
Ntombizodwa Mazhandu will on Friday 17 September, 2010 deliver her
ruling on an application filed by lawyers representing visual artist
Owen Maseko seeking
a referral of his matter to the Supreme Court to determine whether
or not the criminalisation of creative arts infringes on freedom
of expression and freedom of conscience.
will deliver her ruling at 16:00hrs at the Bulawayo Magistrates
Court sitting at Tredgold building after hearing submissions from
both Maseko's lawyers and State Prosecutor Tawanda Zvekare
who opposed the application.
lawyers Lizwe Jamela, Nosimilo Chanayiwa and Jeremiah Bamu of Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) want the Supreme Court to make a
determination of the violation of the protection of the artist's
freedom of expression as enshrined in Section 20 (1) of the Constitution
of Zimbabwe, the protection of freedom of conscience, particularly
freedom of thought guaranteed in terms of Section 19 (1) of the
Constitution and the protection of the law as provided in terms
of Section 18 (1) of the Constitution.
also want the Supreme Court to determine whether or not bona fide
works of artistic creativity can be subjected to prosecution under
Section 31 and 33 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act (Chapter 9:23) without infringing
on the provisions of Sections 18 (1), 19 (1) and 20 (1) of the Constitution
16 September, 2010 Magistrate Mazhandu visited the Bulawayo National
Art Gallery to carry out an inspection in loco of Maseko's
exhibition together with the talented visual artist, his lawyers
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