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Major victory for ZCTU
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
May 08, 2007

The 11 ZCTU Chegutu activists who were arrested last year during the September 13 mass protests have been found not guilty of engaging in behaviour likely to cause an uprising and disturbing peace.

The 11 appeared this morning before a Chegutu Magistrate who said they had no case to answer as the State witnesses had failed to avail themselves to testify. Warrants of arrest were immediately issued against the four police officers with the Magistrate saying this should serve as a warning to other police officers that they should not just arrest and brutalize innocent citizens for the sake of doing so. He said the arresting officers should have been at the courts to testify and in the absence of any evidence, he found the 11 not guilty.

This has been one of the major scores that the ZCTU has made. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank comrades and friends who have been keenly following this case for the moral support rendered.

Meanwhile, The Worker newspaper News Editor, Bright Chibvuri is set to appear before a Plumtree Magistrate tomorrow, May 9 2007 for allegedly contravening AIPPA and practicing without accreditation. Chibvuri was arrested while attending a ZCTU district orientation workshop and he was in no way there in his capacity as a journalist. He attended the workshop purely on the basis that he is a ZCTU staff member.

Khumbulani Ndlovu
Information Officer

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