The four were acquitted last week after the court felt that there was no evidence linking them to case. The five student activists were facing charges of public violence which were later changed to assault under section 89 of the Criminal Law (codification and Reform) Act (Chapter 9:23). Delivering judgment today, Mr. Mudzongachiso ordered Prosper Tiringindi to pay a fine of $150.00 before the 31st of April, he was also warned not to commit another offence otherwise he would be sent to prison.
The five students were arrested on the 2nd of February at Masvingo Polytechnic campus after challenging Masvingo Polytechnic College authorities to refund students who enrolled for a Tourism and Hospitality program that suffered a still birth. After initially advertising the introduction of this department and accepting payment from students, the authorities decided to abandon the programme. Today’s conviction comes on the heel of another conviction. On 16th of February, Tiringindi was convicted by a Masvingo magistrate for assaulting the Great Zimbabwe Dean of students while he was Secretary General of the Students Representative Council.
The Student Solidarity Trust urges University and College authorities to dialogue with students before seeking the help of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).University ordinances and colleges Acts must be used to discipline students.