Release jailed chairman: MDC youth

The South African wing of the MDC-T Youth Assembly has called for the immediate release of their Zimbabwean comrade, Solomon Madzore, who remains jailed at Chikurubi prison.

Solomon Madzore
Solomon Madzore

Madzore, the chairman of the party’s Zimbabwean Youth Assembly, is facing charges of murder after the death of a policeman in Glen View last year. He has been jointly charged with 28 other MDC-T members and activists, most of whom have remained locked up for almost a year. Their trial meanwhile has been suspended, with the state using the ill health of one of the accused to stall arguments in the case.

The MDC-T’s South African youth leaders have echoed the party’s belief that the charges against its members are fabricated. The youth leaders have now made calls for Madzore’s release the centre of planned protest action taking place Friday.

The demonstration will be taking place outside the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria on Friday morning. Madzore’s South African counterpart, Giyani Dube, told SW Radio Africa on Thursday that the Glen View murder case is deliberately being stalled “by rogue ZANU PF elements in the government.”

The picket at the embassy will also demand that the draft constitution, still under debate in Zimbabwe, remain unamended, with the youth wing rejecting proposed changes by ZANU PF.

“We demand that ZANU PF stop playing games. They signed up to the process willingly and were fully represented when the document was being drafted. They must now allow the people to decide what they want,” Dube said.

Friday’s demo will also call for better quality of service from the Embassy in Pretoria, with the MDC-T youth leaders raising concern that they have been subjected to partisan treatment.

“The office represents all Zimbabweans and should not be seen to work on behalf of individuals based only on their political affiliation. The Ambassador in particular needs to treat us all fairly as Zimbabwean citizens,” Dube said.

The picket will get underway outside the Embassy from 11am where protesters will be addressed by the South African youth Chairmanm Dube, the spokesperson for the Zim wing of the Youth Assembly, Clifford Hlatywayo, and Mpumelelo Ndlovu, the Youth Association National Acting Organising Secretary. SW Radio Africa

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