“We urge Zimbabwean authorities to release Zenzele Ndebele immediately and to drop the ridiculous charge against him,” said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal. “His arrest smacks of retaliation for his past work, and makes a mockery of the very idea of dialogue between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and civil society.”
Police questioned Ndebele in September about his documentary “Gukurahundi Genocide: 36 years later,” on a massacre by the army of thousands of civilians in the 1980s, according to news reports and a statement at the time by MISA-Zimbabwe. Ndebele told CPJ at the time that he had received death threats.
If found guilty, Ndebele could face up to five years in prison or a fine of US$2,000, according to a MISA-Zimbabwe tweet.