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leaders Mahlangu and Williams released
Violet Gonda, SW Radio Africa
June 09, 2007
rights campaigners Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu who had
been arrested early this week have been released today on $100 000
bail each and remanded to the 18th of June. They were arrested after
they handed themselves in at Bulawayo Central Police station, in
solidarity with their colleagues who had also been arrested while
demonstrating for their inclusion in the SADDC initiative peace
talks between government and opposition parties.
Five of their
fellow activists released on Friday were beaten during their detention
since Wednesday. Rosemary Siziba and Angeline Karuru received particularly
vicious attacks. Annie Sibanda, WOZA spokesperson told SWRA that
Alice Banda, one of the activists who was also assaulted by the
police but had not been arrested, was hospitalized after being kicked
in the abdomen, and was due for emergency exploratory surgery on
The US State
Department condemned the violent suppression of WOZA demonstrations
and had called for the immediate release of the activists. Jenni
Williams is a recipient of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's
2007 International Women of Courage Award for Africa.
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