Mahlangu released after State withdraws charges

thamsanqa_mahlangu2The MDC Youth Assembly chairperson and Deputy Youth Minister, Thamsanqa Mahlangu, was yesterday released from remand prison after the State withdrew charges. Hon. Mahlangu and his aide Malven Chadamoyo were facing trumped-up charges of stealing a cell-phone from self-styled war veterans leader, Joseph Chinotimba. (Picture: Thamsanqa Mahla

Hon. Mahlangu was arrested last week and on Friday he was given a US$50 bail but had to remain in custody after the State invoked the draconian Section 121 sub section 3 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act.

However, yesterday, the State called Hon. Mahlangus lawyers at the Harare Magistrates Court and told them that they were dropping the charges, resulting in his release last night.

The arrest, detention and subsequent withdrawal of Hon. Mahlangus charges is a clear signal that Zanu PF, through the Attorney-Generals office, is engaged in a political game which has nothing to do with the rule of law. The withdrawal of the case means that these were trumped-up charges.

The MDC stands vindicated that there is a sinister plot to decimate the MDC and to whittle down its Parliamentary majority by engaging in a crackdown on innocent MDC MPs, officials and members.

Several other MDC MPs and senior officials are also facing various trumped-up charges while known Zanu FF officials who murdered and maimed innocent people in the violent run-up to the June 27 sham election roam scot-free.

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