Third WOZA member released from prison on bail; arrests in Mutare

News update from WOZA
Wednesday 18th June
The third of the WOZA members remaining in Chikurubi Women's Prison was finally released on bail last night. The delay in securing her release was due to the lawyer being unable to meet with the Magistrate to get permission for her release.

All 12 members who had been granted bail are now out of custody. Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu remain in custody. Their bail had been denied by the High Court. All 14 members will appear in Harare Magistrate’s Court on Friday 20th June on remand.

Meanwhile three women were arrested in Mutare on Monday 16th June in connection with a WOZA zambia (sarong). The original woman had been arrested for trying to cross into Mozambique illegally. When police searched her possessions, they found the WOZA zambia and immediately demanded to know where she had got it from. Two other women were then arrested after police illegally searched their houses and found WOZA t-shirts. All three women were taken to Mutare Central Police Station and questioned by plain-clothed police officers about WOZA and threatened. They were asked why they wanted to sell the country to foreigners’. The three were released after five hours of questioning but told to report back to the police station the next morning. The following morning followed the same pattern with similar questions and threats for several hours before they were released. None of the women have been charged.

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