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wins case brought by MDC-T ward chair
Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)
October 15, 2013
for the second day in a row as Magodonga Mahlangu, a Women of Zimbabwe
Arise (WOZA) leader is found not guilty of making offensive phone
calls. She appeared before Magistrate C. J. Mberewere for ruling
after applying for discharge at close of state case. Mahlangu was
charged with two counts of making offensive phone calls to Gladys
Dube, MDC-T Matshobana Ward Chair. She was defended by Nontokozo
Tachiona deployed by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
In the ruling
made in Tredgold Magistrates court one, the Magistrate stated the
first statement made by the complainant lacked credibility and he
questioned the authorship of the second statement made in the police
law and order department, a different place from where the first
statement was recorded in Western Commonage police station. The
magistrate highlighted that the quoted words in the two statements
were at odds with each other.
Ms Dube had
stated that Mahlangu threatened
her by saying, “you are a big sell out from the ruling party,
we are coming to get you with police, CID personnel, and if Welshman
loses you will see it.” The Magistrate expressed amazement,
“The idea that the accused has the ability to assemble Welshman
Ncube, the CID, and the Police is unbelievable and gives doubts
to whether the statement was made. The state failed to prove that
the words were said and even failed to prove that they were said
to cause annoyance,” said Magistrate Mberewere.
that it was common among community members to use such language
as - ‘you will see or I will never talk to you’ and
he therefore did not see how that was threatening as to warrant
Women of Zimbabwe
Arise (WOZA) wish to thank the Magistrate for exercising justice.
WOZA also thank the Ms Tachiona and Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights for defending Magodonga in the face
of this clear case of police persecution. WOZA recognise that their
Ward Chair brought this case against WOZA on 1st August 2013 thinking
that MDC-T were now the ruling party and could use the police to
settle scores. The advice WOZA has for MDC-T is ‘never count
your chickens before they hatch’. WOZA wish to thank Magodonga
standing her ground and for fighting the good fight with dignity.
the WOZA fact
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