Four Great Zimbabwe University students released

Four Great Zimbabwe University students Tapiwa Gwara, Tapiwa Madyira, July Musengi and Effeso Munaro who were arrested on Friday the 24th of February 2012 appeared before a Masvingo Magistrate yesterday the 28th of February 2012. They were facing charges of public violence under section 36 of the Criminal Law [Codification and Reform] Act [Chapter 9:23]. Their charges emanated from their challenging the authorities after they had been ordered to defer their studies upon late payment of fees.

They are students who are studying commercials at the University who were on attachment. At first they were detained at the Great Zimbabwe University, and then they were moved to Rujeko Police Station and they were later moved to Masvingo Central Police Station. They have been released on free bail and the trial will start on the 12th of March 2012.

The Students Solidarity Trust continues to implore the ministry of higher and tertiary education to rain in on errant persecuting authorities at some of the tertiary institutions. Not withstanding that the students were on attachment, University authorities have come down hard on them and this is regrettable in such an economic situation.

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