Investigating Officer Renzo had initially insisted on keeping the women in for the full 48 hours despite acknowledging that he had no evidence that they had done anything illegal. Upon arrival at court this morning, the prosecutor refused to accept the charges as police had no evidence. The women were therefore unconditionally released.
Both women are okay after their ordeal. Rose, an elderly woman who suffers from hypertension, had been unwell. She received medical attention this morning and will be all right.
WOZA would like to commend officials in Mutare Magistrate’s Court for their observance of the law and for refusing to participate in the malicious harassment of two innocent women. We would also like to thank all friends and supporters who tried to call Mutare Police Station or emailed their support. Rose and Sibongile have been informed of the solidarity they received from all over the world and are humbled by the support.