WOZA leaders denied bail

Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) leaders, Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu, have been denied bail and will be spending the weekend at Mlondolozi Prison. They appeared in court this afternoon but were remanded in custody.

Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu.
Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu.

They have been in police custody at Bulawayo Central Police Station since Wednesday, when they were arrested during a public protest and charged with kidnapping and theft, after an International Peace Day demonstration. Ten other demonstrators were charged with criminal nuisance and released on Thursday.

They are represented by Kossam Ncube of Kossam Ncube and Partners, who is a board member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

International NGO Freedom House has condemned the attack on WOZA, calling it “an unacceptable violation of the fundamental human rights of Zimbabwe”.

Every time the women demonstrate, the police pounce on them with batons before locking them up with days. When they are eventually dragged to court, either the charges are withdrawn before plea or they are acquitted.

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